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Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro (D-Hoboken)

Chaparro, Bhalla have not discussed re-election commitment

Assemblywoman wants to keep seat in ’19

By Nikita Biryukov

Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro (D-Hoboken) and Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla haven’t discussed a commitment for the former’s reelection run.

“We haven’t discussed that, but I can’t see any other reason – we work well together. I work for him. I’m a city employee too,” Chaparro said on Monday, “It’s politics, so it’s all love.”

Chaparro works in the Hoboken city clerk’s office.

She said on Monday that she would take the question of commitment to Bhalla, but according to Jason Freeman, Bhalla’s deputy chief of staff, that conversation hasn’t happened yet.

“As we get closer to that, there may be conversations that happen, but I know for a fact that it has not been a conversation that has occurred yet,” Freeman said Wednesday. “But, as it stands, the Mayor and Assemblywoman Chaparro have a fantastic relationship and work very, very well together, and as his term continues, I know that he’s continuing to look forward to working with her.”

Chaparro was picked for the seat by former mayor Dawn Zimmer.  By tradition, the new mayor gets to pick Hoboken’s State Assembly member for the 33rd district.  Bhalla has a forged a close political alliance with State Sen. Brian Stack, the mayor of Union City, which only enhances his ability to decide who he wants in the seat.

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One thought on “Chaparro, Bhalla have not discussed re-election commitment

  1. She’s quoted as saying…it’s politics — it’s all love? What does that even mean? The Assemblywoman has never had a contested election and her husband is the hoboken police chief investigating the racist flier incident that won Bhalla the election. What exactly is all love? Looking the other way?

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