Read Assemblyman-elect Mukherji's thank you message here.
TODAY IS ELECTION DAY!
November 5, 2013 -- Elections have consequences, and every vote counts. Please make sure your family, friends, and neighbors in the 33rd Legislative District (parts of Jersey City and all of Union City, Hoboken, and Weehawken) participate in the democratic process today. Please vote for Brian P. Stack for Senate and Carmelo G. Garcia and Raj Mukherji for Assembly.
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WE WON THE PRIMARY ELECTION!
June 5, 2013 -- Read Raj's thank you message here.
On Tuesday, June 4, voters in the Democratic primary election in the 33rd Legislative District voted overwhelmingly to reelect State Senator and Union City Mayor Brian P. Stack and elect his running mates, Jersey City Deputy Mayor and Housing Authority Chairman Raj Mukherji and Hoboken Housing Authority Executive Director Carmelo G. Garcia.
“Deputy Mayor Mukherji’s leadership has resulted in tremdendous progress at the Jersey City Housing Authority. He is also a former technology CEO and U.S. Marine reservist with a law degree and an Ivy League Master’s degree. It’s worth noting that Raj started two successful companies as a young adult, demonstrating an understanding of the business world,” said Senator Stack. “Despite Raj’s young age, I am confident that his energy, experiences, and talents will serve the residents of the district well.”
Senator Stack also touted his pride in the diversity of both his legislative ticket and the district, which is over 54% Hispanic and 11.5% Asian. Garcia is of Puerto Rican and Central American descent, and Mukherji is of Asian-Indian descent.
If he goes on to win the general election, Mukherji will be the only Bengali state legislator in the United States, the second South Asian state legislator in New Jersey history, and the first-ever Asian legislator from Hudson County.
A champion of the middle class and working families, former Jersey City Deputy Mayor Raj Mukherji, 28, is the son of Indian American immigrants. Raj supported himself through high school, college, and grad school as an emancipated minor when economic circumstances forced his parents to return to their native India. After suffering a pituitary tumor, stroke, and other ailments, Raj's father - the late Asim Mukherji, an accountant - could no longer work as a result of his health but could not afford health coverage without employment. This experience shaped Raj's perspective and interest in healthcare and inspired much of his subsequent advocacy in that field.
Deputy Mayor Mukherji had founded an Internet consulting and software development company while in middle school, grew it, and later sold it to a larger technology company to join the Marines two weeks after 9/11 at age 17, where he served in military intelligence for the Marine Corps Reserve. The young entrepreneur withdrew from high school at 15 to enroll in an early college program at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and eventually earned a bachelor’s degree from Thomas Edison State College, an individualized Master of Liberal Arts focused on national security from the University of Pennsylvania, and a law degree (Juris Doctor), cum laude, from Seton Hall Law School. He is presently an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at New Jersey City University.
From March 2012 thru June 2013, Raj served as one of the two Deputy Mayors of Jersey City, New Jersey's second largest city. Commonly dubbed “Wall Street West,” Jersey City – the economic engine of the state – is responsible for the contribution of hundreds of millions to state income tax revenues and has a municipal operating budget of nearly $500 million.
At 19, he cofounded a public affairs firm that he grew into the state’s third largest lawyer-lobbying firm while learning the inner workings of the State House and becoming fascinated by the policymaking and legislative processes in Trenton. With clients ranging from social justice causes to higher education institutions to government agencies to Fortune 500 corporations, he advocated to abolish the death penalty in New Jersey and replace it with life imprisonment without parole; lobbied for LGBTI equality; worked with the NJEDA and the Business Action Center in successfully advocating for job creation and tax credit incentives; successfully brokered or facilitated complex transactions, including the sales of a nursing home and hospitals; and secured millions in grants or appropriations for hospitals and nonprofit clients and advocated to expand Medicaid and charity care for the underprivileged, a cause especially dear to his heart due to his father’s narrative.
At 24, Raj was appointed the youngest Commissioner and Chairman in the history of the Jersey City Housing Authority – the state’s second largest housing authority – where he has earned nationwide acclaim for his oversight and various reforms at the $70 million agency serving over 16,000 residents and over 6,700 households. During his tenure, the JCHA undertook several multimillion dollar transformations of distressed housing developments and also improved its annual Section 8 management score from HUD to the four highest ratings in the agency’s history and the highest in the State among similarly-sized housing authorities.
At the Housing Authority, Raj was first appointed to a fractured Board of Commissioners, replacing a chairperson who was removed by state authorities and later convicted on corruption charges. He quickly built consensus, repaired the Board's relationships with its staff, and restored public trust in the agency, and today - nearly five years later - the greener, safer, modernized JCHA is lauded as a champion of quality of life enhancements and crime reduction initiatives, energy efficiency and green building practices, policies promoting Section 3 hiring, and an impeccable track record of revitalizing obsolete public housing.
Under Chairman Mukherji’s leadership, the JCHA received acclaim for its new anti-crime and social services initiatives; for using stimulus funds to create a "Green-hab Crew" to renovate units using green technologies; for undertaking a multimillion dollar energy efficiency investment that spanned seven of its complexes; and for the HOPE VI-funded A. Harry Moore revitalization that transformed blighted barracks-style and high-rise “vertical concentrations of poverty” into energy-efficient, privately managed, architecturally distinguished mixed-income communities, providing social and supportive services and attracting low, moderate, and market-rate residents. Mukherji also spearheaded the start of a $300 million transformation of the Montgomery Gardens-McGinley Square corridor.