The big issue in the race for Mountainside Borough Council is Dildogate, where allegations that a police officer waved a blue dildo dubbed “Big Blue” in the face of colleagues has rocked the race in this reliably Republican stronghold.
Councilman Robert Messler now faces a fight for re-election to a seat he won without opposition in 2015.
His chances won’t be helped by a gaffe he made in Tuesday’s debate.
Moderator: “Mr. Messler, what have you done to promote and encourage diversity and inclusion in your career?”
Messler: “In my career, I have promoted many people that maybe didn’t deserve it.”
A better response came when one of the Democratic candidates, Anjali Mehrotra, got the same question.
“Look at me,” said Mehrotra. “I’m a woman of color who grew up in India.