Councilman Bhalla

Councilman Bhalla

An advocate for balanced development, open space initiatives, and sensible spending, Councilman Bhalla was elected to the City Council in 2009. Alongside his council colleagues and Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Councilman Bhalla has worked toward lowering taxes, reforming the way City Hall serves the people, responsible development, and acquiring open space for the residents of Hoboken.

A true believer in the American dream, Councilman Bhalla is the first Sikh to hold elected office in New Jersey.

Please feel free to read Councilman Bhalla’s take on the issues facing Hoboken on this website and contact Councilman Bhalla at with any questions or comments.

The Issues


One of my top priorities as Mayor will be to upgrade our infrastructure, fix our water mains, roads, sewers and piers and provide regular maintenance. I will ensure that we are better prepared for the intense storms that are predicted…

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I know firsthand the importance of holding the line on taxes and making fiscally responsible decisions. Before I became a Councilman, residents were all socked with an 80% municipal tax increase as a result of the reckless and irresponsible financial…

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We have the unique opportunity to improve the quality of life for residents by committing to make Hoboken more sustainable. We need to continue forward-thinking policies and legislation that will make our City greener, benefiting residents for both the short…

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Latest News

I wanted to send a quick note to let you know that I am incredibly humbled and grateful for your support. Thank you to everyone who knocked on doors, made phone calls, spoke to your neighbors, posted on social media,…

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It has been a long journey to Election Day. From the bottom of our hearts, Jim, Emily, John, and I thank you. We are deeply grateful for your support, your kind words of encouragement, and your active engagement in this…

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Councilman Jim Doyle: “I have served with both Ravi and Michael DeFusco on the City Council. Since many have asked, I would like to share how they are different, and why I firmly believe that Ravi is the best choice for Mayor of Hoboken.  First, Michael has vastly…

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Meet Our Team

Ravi's at-large Council candidates are Councilman Jim Doyle, Emily Jabbour

Together, Jim, Emily and John combine proven experience with new ideas and energy.

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  • Thank you Hoboken, I look forward to being your Mayor! #TeamBhalla #FinishedStrong
  • Making the final push! Don’t let the rain stop you - grab an umbrella and vote for #TeamBhalla! Polls close at 8 pm. #FinishStrong
  • I voted! My children have accompanied either my wife or me in the voting booth in every election — local, state, federal
— since they could walk. It’s such a pleasure to expose them to our great democracy in every way possible. 
Let’s go Hoboken. Let’s get out there and vote! #TeamBhalla #FinishStrong
  • Today is Election Day! Here's your ballot rundown for #TeamBhalla. Polls open 6am to 8pm. Also voting for Hoboken Proud - 567 for school board!
  • Our volunteers are heeding the call to #FinishStrong. I love and am inspired by their passion not just for our cause, but for making Hoboken an even better place to live. Thank you to everyone who has knocked on doors, spoke to their friends, made phone calls and spread the word about Tuesday’s important election! Onward to Election Day on Tuesday. #TeamBhalla
  • I’m blessed to have such wonderful supporters who have had my back throughout this entire campaign, and especially in the past 24 hours. Two words: Thank You!
  • Check out our new television commercial, where Mayor Dawn Zimmer talks about her support for #TeamBhalla! “Ravi is the only one I trust to lead our City forward” -Mayor Zimmer
  • ‪Great reception at the ferry this morning with @dawnzimmernj! Proud to be her only choice for Mayor in Tuesday’s election!‬
  • With only 6 days before Election Day, #TeamBhalla is finishing strong with our terrific group of volunteers! Come stop by our headquarters at 404 Washington Street (or email us at to grab a T-shirt and join our Get Out The Vote (GOTV) effort!
  • Over the past eight years, we've significantly expanded our recreation programs in our City parks and facilities. To modernize our rec department in City Hall, we'll utilize technology to create a new, more efficient mobile app that can be used for example to register participants in programs and give out scheduling updates in real time. This same mobile app could also be used in the parking utility for parking permits and no parking signs, and other important City functions.

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