Sunday, June 2, 2013

Councilman Ravi Bhalla endorses Peter Basso for State Assembly

Councilman Ravi Bhalla announces:

Hoboken Councilman At-Large Ravinder S. Bhalla Endorses
Jersey City Democrat Peter Basso for N.J. State Assembly

June 1, 2013 (Hudson County, New Jersey) -- Hoboken Councilman At-Large Ravinder S. Bhalla endorsed candidate Peter Basso for New Jersey State Assembly (District 33) in the Democratic Primary Election to be held on Tuesday, June 4, 2013.  A resident of Jersey City Heights, Basso is running as a progressive Democrat for one of two open seats in the N.J. State Assembly representing District 33, which spans Hoboken, Union City, Weehawken, and northern neighborhoods in Jersey City.

“I want to express my strong support for Peter Basso to represent the 33rd Legislative District,” Bhalla said.  “Our district needs legislators who are competent, honest, sincere, qualified and have the time and energy to serve constituents.  Peter is all of that and more.  Peter will be an independent voice for the people of the 33rd District and no one else.  I urge you to cast your vote for Peter Basso for State Assembly on June 4th, Column C.”

Basso is running in Tuesday’s primary under the banner “Hudson County Progressive Democrats” — ballot position 3C.  Voters will choose two Democratic candidates for Assembly, who will compete in the General Election in November.

“Ravi’s vote of confidence in me is one I value highly,” Basso said. “When I entered this race, it was very important for me to build a network of progressive-minded and independent leaders, who put the needs of our District, and not their self-interest, first.  Ravi has been a strong representative for the people of Hoboken. As an attorney and a Councilman, he has fought for civil rights and good government, but most importantly, he has allowed his constituents to feel they are being heard. I promise not to let Ravi or the good people of our District down, and like him, I will dedicate myself to doing the people’s business.”

Bhalla added, “I have known Peter as both an excellent attorney and a tireless advocate for parks and open space.  Peter is someone you can trust to serve your interests and place them above all else. It takes courage to stand up against politics as usual in Hudson County. Peter’s candidacy is something we should all support and be proud of because he is giving us a choice.”

Basso is a civil rights attorney, community activist and organizer, who has spent the last several years working with local organizations to better his neighborhood.  Basso is the former President of the Washington Park Association and current officer of the Jersey City Parks Coalition.  He studied at Brandeis University and attained his law degree from Northeastern.  To learn more about Basso, his campaign, and his positions on the issues, please visit: