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Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla. Photo by Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe.

Bhalla loses bid to oust four incumbents

By David Wildstein, November 06 2019 12:56 am

Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla lost his bid to unseat four political opponents on the city council, with just one seat going to an ally of the mayor.

Michael DeFusco, who ran against Bhalla two years ago, retained his Ward 1 seat with 66% of the vote.

In Ward 2, incumbent Tiffanie Fisher won 53% against Nora Martinez DeBenedetto, who was endorsed by the mayor.

Ruben Ramos, Jr. was re-elected with 62% against Bhalla candidate Lisa Farrell Sprengle.

Ward 3 Councilman Michael Russo defeated Ronald Bautista with 67% of the vote.  Bhalla did not take sides in the race.

Councilwoman Jennifer Giattino was re-elected to her Ward 6 seat with 52% against challenger Cristin Cricco-Powell.

Bhalla’s only success came in Ward 5, where ally Phil Cohen avoided a runoff with 52% against Timothy Crowell (26%) and Nicola Maganuco (22%).

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