India Day Parade draws pols

Sources say the deep bench of elected officials from both parties at this past weekend’s India Day Parade in Edison proved the community continues to increase in significance politically in New Jersey as Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno anchored the GOP while U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) captained the Democrats for the second year.

Middlesex is the capital of Indian-Americans in the country and Oak Tree Road serves as the business and rallying point for one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in New Jersey – 7.5 percent of the state’s total population.

Candidates at the parade included Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein (D-Plainsboro), who’s running against state Sen. Tom Goodwin (D-Hamilton); Republican Congressional candidates Scott Sipprelle in the 12th and Highlands Mayor Anna Little in the 6th.
 
Assemblyman Sam Thompson (R-Old Bridge) walked with Guadagno, and Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-Franklin) – the state’s lone serving Indian-American in the legislature – joined Pallone.