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Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff). Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Gottheimer says Paterson councilman should apologize or resign for

Congressman says Michael Jackson’s comments don’t reflect Jersey values

By David Wildstein, September 16 2019 12:30 pm

Rep. Josh Gottheimer thinks it might be time for Paterson Councilman Michael Jackson to quit if he refuses to apologize for using the “Jew us down” slur at a council meeting last week.

“The Councilman should either apologize immediately or resign. His anti-Semitic comments do not reflect our Jersey values,” Gottheimer told the New Jersey Globe.

The two-term congressman, who represents part of Passaic County, called for the ouster of Jeffrey Dye as president of the Passaic NAACP last month after publication of his anti-Semitic and anti-Latino tirades cost him his job in the Murphy administration.

At a public council meeting last month, Jackson praised a developer for not looking to “Jew us down” on the costs of the Hinchcliffe Stadium redevelopment project.

Jackson’s comments were first reported by TapIntoPaterson.

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