The New Jersey Republican State Committee has called a special meeting for January 27 to consider a sexual harassment and personal conduct policy that would apply to elected state committee members, GOP State Chairman Michael Lavery said today.
The move comes four days after a Joshua Sotomayor Einstein, a GOP state committeeman from Hudson County, admitted to emotionally abusing women that he referred to as “birds.”
“We take the allegations against Committeeman Einstein very seriously,” Lavery said.
Text messages obtained by the New Jersey Globe show Einstein, a 38-year-old Republican state committeeman from Hoboken, disclosing his conduct to another GOP activist, Tia-Lyn Ghione. Ghione released the texts on Friday
“I convinced this one really dumb bird I was totally emotionally abusing that it was her idea to sex in the courtyard, roof, and gym bathroom of my old building,” said Einstein. “It was my idea. And yes, I was a horrid person. I had her thinking we were dating. And I had everyone in our social circle making fun of her.”
Einstein confirmed that the text messages were his.
“I don’t extoll those times,” he said, referring to events two years ago when he was 36 and already an elected party leader. “But I admit them.”
The Hudson GOP State Committeewoman, Irene Kim Asbury, has called on Einstein to resign, and Republican gubernatorial front-runner Jack Ciattarelli bashed him for his behavior.
“The NJGOP has been a leader in changing the culture of misogyny surrounding New Jersey politics,” Lavery said. “We are committed to creating partnerships with campaigns that maintain strict standards against sexual harassment, and we will always hold ourselves to the same standard.”
In early 2020, then-Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt became the first from either party in New Jersey to announce that he would deny party support to anyone who requires non-disclosure agreements that would prevent them from commenting publicly on toxic workplace environments on political campaigns.
Ciattarelli last year announced that his campaign had adopted an anti-harassment policy and that former State Sen. Diane Allen would be the campaign’s point person on toxic workplace investigations.