Mayor Khairullah Eyeballing CD-9 Primary Challenge

Mayor Mohamed Khairullah

Prospect Park Mayor Khairullah is poised to run in the Democratic Primary in CD-9, sources tell InsiderNJ.

That’s the district occupied by veteran U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9).

A source told InsiderNJ that Khairullah is bothered by the sitting congressman’s handling of the Middle East crisis.

There’s other history here, too.

Khairullah doesn’t like the Biden White House.

From NPR:

“The White House organized a belated celebration for Eid al-Fitar earlier this week and invited hundreds of prominent American Muslims. Then, it uninvited one of them: Mohamed Khairullah, the mayor of Prospect Park, N.J. He’s the longest serving Muslim mayor in this country, and he was given no explanation as to why.

“Khairullah told NPR’s Leila Fadel on Morning Edition that he contacted the Council on American Islamic Relations shortly after he was disinvited to the event. The council informed him that he was on a “secret list,” which was leaked earlier this year.

“I was added to the list in 2019, which put things together in my mind because all my traveling difficulties started in 2019,” Khairullah said. “So it’s at this point, for some reason, I am on a secret list that the government is denying exists and it’s caused me and my family trouble.”

Insiders will be tuned into tonight’s Bergen County Democratic Convention tonight for obvious up-ballot reasons, specifically the ongoing Democratic Primary battle for U.S. Senate between Tammy Murphy and Andy Kim.

They’ll be watching for Khairullah, too, the intrigue deepening not only because of the potential for the mayor to bracket with the off-the-line statewide candidate in Bergen, but in neighboring Passaic, where a conflagration of sheriff’s office candidates – among them former Sheriff Jerry Speziale – plays havoc with establishment expectations.

 

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