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State Sen. Vin Gopal, left, and Assemblyman Raj Mukherji. (Photos: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.)

Gopal, Mukherji back Joshi in Edison Democratic mayoral primary

All three legislators of South Asian descent take sides in Joshi vs. Bhagia fight

By David Wildstein, April 07 2021 9:49 pm

All three South Asian Americans in the New Jersey legislature – Senate Majority Conference Leader Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch), Assembly Judiciary Committee Chairman Raj Mukherji (D-Jersey City) and Assemblyman Sterley Stanley (D-East Brunswick) tonight endorsed Sam Joshi in the Edison Democratic mayoral primary.

Joshi, a 31-year-old councilman, was endorsed by Gov. Phil Murphy and Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe earlier today, giving him the Democratic organization line in a primary fight with Mahesh Bhagia, the Edison Democratic municipal chairman.

“As three legislators of South Asian descent, we are proud to wholeheartedly endorse Sam Joshi to be the next mayor of Edison Township.” the three lawmakers said.  “We know Sam to be a champion of his constituents, an ethical elected official and someone who is interested in bringing communities together, rather than tearing them apart.”

Edison is the fifth largest municipality in the state.  In the last U.S. Census, more than 43% of the township was of Asian descent and 24% was Indian American.

Joshi or Bhagia, if they win, would be the first Indian American mayor of Edison.

Gopal and Mukerji pledged to help the Middlesex Democratic ticket prevail in a contested primary contest on June 8.

“We will be working tirelessly to ensure that Senator Pat Diegnan, Assemblymembers Rob Karabinchak and Sterley Stanley, Surrogate Claribel Cortes and County Commissioners Director Ron Rios, Shanti Narra and Chanelle Scott McCullum win this June’s primary, and that Sam Joshi is elected as Edison’s next mayor this November,” Gopal and Mukherji said.

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