But he brings a lot more with him than fundraising ability.
Bhalla brings ethnic diversity to a ticket representing one of New Jersey's most ethnically diverse populations, District 33. According to 2010 Censusdata, Jersey City is 19.4% Asian (46,168)- all of Hudson County is 11.45% Asian. Bhalla is a rock-star in the Sikh community, and has been a vocal advocate for the Asian community, even crossing party lines to chide establishment Dems in Trenton for not supporting a Japanese-American Supreme Court pick by Governor Christie.
Like Mayor Zimmer, Bhalla is a Democrat who can work effectively for Hoboken with Republican Governor Christie. Certainly Hoboken has been the beneficiary of the Mayor's good relationship with the Big Guy.
Wow. In fact, relations between Governor Christie and Beth Mason are so bad, that when Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno came to Hoboken to swear in newly elected City Council members on July 1, 2011, guess WHO Guadagno wouldn't swear in?
ALL 4 anti-Zimmer City Council minority members, including Beth Mason.
Guadagno's body language is telling. The Lieutenant Governor traveled all the way from Trenton to swear in Reformers Jen Giattino and Peter Cunningham, both Zimmer-allies.
GA thinks this may be another factor in Stack's consideration.
Would Stack partner with someone who has publicly attacked the Governor and run a media campaign against him? Especially when Stack has been a friend to the Governor and supported some of his agenda. According to the Wall Street Journal: