TRENTON, N.J. – Dormant Asian hate crime investigations in Edison and Hoboken, seemingly stalled because the reported perpetrators are high-ranking members of the Democrat Party and personally linked to New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, will hopefully be pursued now that Grewal resigned, says Assemblyman Erik Peterson.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Tuesday that Grewal will serve as its director of enforcement starting July 26.
“After two years of stonewalling the investigation into politically-motivated Asian hate mailers in Edison and Hoboken, Attorney General Grewal has finally done the right thing and resigned,” Peterson (R-Hunterdon) said. “I am hopeful that with yesterday’s announcement that, finally, the politically-motivated hate mail sent out in Edison and Hoboken will finally be investigated by the attorney general’s office and those responsible will be held accountable.”
An anonymous racist political mailer in Edison in 2017 stated, “Chinese and Indians are taking over our town.” The literature targeted school board candidates of Chinese and Asian descent. A U.S. Postal Inspector probe pointed to eight individuals, including one of the school board candidates targeted by the mailer, as being responsible. News reports have alleged that one of Grewal’s personal friends was also involved.
During Hoboken’s November 2017 election, voters were sent a mailer attacking Mayor Ravi Bhalla, a Sikh American. The political mailer said, “Don’t let TERRORISM take over our town.”
“Politically-motivated hate and bias crimes are destructive to our form of government and must be investigated,” Peterson said. “Grewal purposely thwarted the investigation of Asian hate mailers in Edison and Hoboken. Now that he is no longer responsible for overseeing these very important matters, it is my sincere hope that justice will finally be served.”