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U.S. Senator Cory Booker. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Booker says Vaughn needs to resign

U.S. Senator: ‘Vaughn has shown a pattern of intolerance’

By David Wildstein, May 03 2020 11:38 pm

U.S. Senator Cory Booker has had enough of Robin Vaughn and wants her gone from her seat on the Trenton City Council.

“From her previous defense of anti-Semitic rhetoric in 2019, to her hateful words used against the LGBTQ community this weekend, Councilwoman Vaughn has shown a pattern of intolerance that has no place on the Trenton City Council,” Booker said.  “The sentiments she expressed are contrary to our values as New Jerseyans and as Americans.”

Vaughn launched a 30-minute tirade of homophobic slurs on Saturday during a COVID-19 briefing of the city council.  He attacks were aimed at Reed Gusciora, Trenton’s openly gay mayor. 

Last September, Vaughn defended a councilwoman who said “Jew them down” in reference to the settlement of a lawsuit settlement.

“The people of Trenton deserve better, which is why I am calling on Councilwoman Vaughn to step down immediately,” said Booker.

Vaughn was elected to her West Ward council seat in 2018.

Gov. Phil Murphy and U.S. Senator Bob Menendez also called for Vaughn’s resignation this evening.


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