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New Jersey's first Sikh mayor says voters rejected hate

Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 01:06

The city of Hoboken made history on election day this year, by electing New Jersey's first Sikh mayor ever. And as Nathan Frandino reports, some residents are taking their new mayor's win as a badge of honor.

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NATS: "That was perfect. Congratulations. Thank you so much." Hoboken Mayor-elect Ravi Bhalla is taking his newfound fame in stride. NATS: "Ohhh, my second or third hug." He can hardly walk down the street without getting embraced by his new constituents. One of the reasons... being he's the first Sikh mayor in all of New Jersey... an accomplishment he says speaks to the national debates on race and identity. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HOBOKEN MAYOR-ELECT, RAVI BHALLA, SAYING: "I really think there is a message that voters reject hate, they reject that type of messaging, and they want to affirm that this city, Hoboken, is a diverse and welcome community for all." Throughout Hoboken on Thursday, Bhalla was welcomed by residents. Sarah Dorman says she's proud to live in the city that elected him. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SARAH DORMAN, HOBOKEN RESIDENT, SAYING: "I think it's absolutely amazing and I feel very proud to live in a community where that was. We are the first in New Jersey, so we are setting a good tone for the rest of the country." A progressive tone that supporters say starts right here in Hoboken.

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New Jersey's first Sikh mayor says voters rejected hate

Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 01:06