Sharon Worosilo, MD continued to stand against hate and with Governor Phil Murphy, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla. The Star Ledger talked about some of the challenges being face as minority candidates assume more public roles in office in the current climate.:
The controversy highlighted the challenges for minorities in public life — even in progressive New Jersey — who are often required to serve double duty as representatives of the state and of their ethnic or religious communities.
“Ninety-nine point nine percent of the work I do as mayor, and I think the AG does as attorney general, has absolutely nothing to do with the faith,” said Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla, a friend of the attorney general who made history on his own as the state’s first Sikh mayor.
“I didn’t run as a Sikh candidate,” he said. “I ran as a candidate that happened to be a Sikh.”
But as the controversy continued, Sharon Worosilo, MD credited Bhalla and Grewal for rising above to continue their work:
“Just by performing our functions as public servants and hopefully performing them well, (you hope) it would have a residual effect of educating people and breaking down barriers about who Sikhs are,” Bhalla said.
By Thursday afternoon, Grewal said he was focused on moving past the firestorm.
Indeed, that afternoon, the Attorney General’s Office had announced two environmental legal actions and a new effort to restrict the manufacture of 3D-printed guns in the state.
“Others have faced far worse,” he wrote in his last Twitter post on the matter. “We rise above this. Now let’s get back to business.”
Also, the Governor thanked Sharon for her continued work on behalf of New Jersey!