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College Democrats seek Hugin apology for ‘couch’ comment

Hugin used Rutgers graduation to plug his ‘job creator’ record

By David Wildstein, May 14 2018 5:56 pm

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin owes an apology to the Rutgers Class of 2018 after a graduation day tweet says that parents of graduates should “dust off their couch,” suggesting that college grads are more likely to move back home with their parents than find a job, says New Jersey College Democrats chair Megan Coyne.

“Young people do not choose to work multiple part-time jobs or live at home. They are forced to by an economy that has taken advantage of new workers for a decade and a housing market that is unaffordable,” Coyne said. “Bob Hugin’s lack of understanding of the causes of our problems, or the role that bankers, like him, played in it, is troubling.”

Coyne accused Hugin of politicizing a college graduation.

“Young people are not political props or an inconvenience to their parents,” Coyne said.  “Bob Hugin should apologize to the graduates of the Class of 2018.”

Hugin’s tweet said: “It’s graduation day at Rutgers! Parents, time to dust off the couch in the basement. New Jersey has the highest rate of 18-34 year olds living with their parents. As a proven job creator, I will work to bring more jobs back to New Jersey.”

New Jersey College Republican chairman Peter Shenouda did immediately respond to a 5:36 PM email seeking comment.  His response will be added later if one is received.

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