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Andy Kim endorses Joshi for Edison mayor

Korean American congressman takes sides in Democratic primary

By David Wildstein, April 17 2021 7:18 pm

Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown), the only Korean American to represent New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives, is backing Sam Joshi for the Democratic nomination for mayor of Edison.

“Sam Joshi is the kind of leader that Edison, and New Jersey, needs to build a brighter, more inclusive future, and I’m proud to endorse him for mayor,” said Kim.  “His deep roots in his community and dedication to standing up for working families will lead to a government that works for all New Jerseyans.”

Joshi faces Mahesh Bhagia, the embattled Edison Democratic municipal chairman, in the June Democratic primary.

Bhagia watched support for his mayoral candidacy plummet after he was implicated as one of the alleged masterminds of a racist flyer in a 2017 local election that is now under investigation by the state attorney general’s office.  A grand jury was empaneled, and subpoenas issued for some of the evidence gathered through a local probe.

Joshi, a 31-year-old councilman, has won the endorsement of Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe, Gov. Phil Murphy, U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, and Reps. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Long Branch) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing).

Kim joins three other top Asian American elected officials in supporting Joshi: State Sen. Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch), Assembly Judiciary Committee Chairman Raj Mukherji (D-Jersey City), and Assemblyman Sterley Stanley (D-East Brunswick).

“And at a time when it’s more important than ever for AAPI to step up and serve, his candidacy will inspire others and I know will make us all proud,” Kim said.

Edison is New Jersey’s fifth-largest municipality.

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