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Assemblyman Robert J. Karabinchak (D-Edison). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.)

Karabinchak says he might pull back endorsement of Bhagia for mayor

Assemblyman hedges support of Edison mayoral candidate following news of subpoenas, grand jury

By David Wildstein, March 19 2021 10:24 pm

Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak (D-Edison) says that a document subpoena and a grand jury probe into a racist flyer in a 2017 local campaign could mean a retraction of his endorsement of Mahesh Bhagia for the Democratic nomination for mayor of Edison.

The New Jersey Globe reported on Friday that the state attorney general’s office has opened an investigation into the 40-month-old cold case.

“It puts my endorsement in question, yes,” Karabinchak said.  “It definitely does.”

Councilman Ajay Patil has fingered Bhagia as one of the masterminds behind a mailer that promised to “Make Edison Great Again,” and alleging that the “Chinese and Indians are taking over our town.”

Karabinchak endorsed Bhagia, the Edison Democratic municipal chairman, yesterday.

“The most important thing is I want to see justice prevail,” Karabinchak said.  “I’m going to support the Attorney General and will stand with the Asian community to find justice. “

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