In pursuit of Stack's affections, Bhalla tweets outrage at Trenton Democrats
Hoboken Councilman Ravi Bhalla with his ally, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer. By Max Pizarro | January 16th, 2013 - 6:26pm
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Pursuing an Assembly seat on the LD 33 Stack ticket, Hoboken Councilman Ravi Bhalla bashed establishment Democrats today in a series of tweets targeting the majority party’s treatment of Asian-American minorities.

The Senate Judiciary Committee last year rejected Gov. Chris Christie state Supreme Court nominee Korean-American Phil Kwon, and now faces the nomination of Japanese-American David Bauman.

State Sen. Ronald L. Rice (D-28) criticized the choice of Bauman as a minority replacement for Justice John Wallace, an African-American.

"Diversity in this state should always include African Americans and Latinos given our population in this state and given our history of struggle," Rice told PolitickerNJ.com last year on the day Christie nominated Bauman. 

Seeking Stack’s attention as the incumbent senator gears up for a primary war with the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO), Bhalla, a Sikh, today sharpened his attack on the party in power.

“If diversity matters, NJ Senate Dems need to cross party lines & support Judge Bauman’s nomination. NJ Asian voters are watching closely,” tweeted Bhalla.

He also offered the following: “NJ Dem Party claims to be party of diversity, but does it include Asians? Are we included? Actions speak louder than words.”

While defending the need for Christie’s nominee to get a fair hearing, Bhalla made it clear he doesn’t intend to change parties. “I’m proud to be a Democrat,” he said. “I am a loyal Democrat. Changing parties is not going to happen, but I’m not a party hack either. You can’t claim to be party of diversity and shut out a minority.”

Sources close to Hudson politics for at least two years have said it’s likely Sen. Brian Stack will endorse Christie for governor and induce the same from his ticket mates. 

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