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New Jersey Republican State Chaiman Bob Hugin speaks at an election night event in Somerset County on November 8, 2022. (Photo: NJGLOBE)

Hugin apologizes for salty comment about Sherrill

GOP state chairman called Democrat ‘a piece of shit congresswoman’

By David Wildstein, November 10 2022 9:39 am

Caught up in the heat of the moment on election night, GOP State Chairman Bob Hugin took to the microphone and called Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) “a piece of shit congresswoman.”

Now he’s facing a call for his resignation from a former Democratic governor, State Sen. Richard Codey (D-Roseland), who called the improvised comment “a stain on New Jersey and an insult to the voters.”

“The language and the attitude are classless and inexcusable.  Chairman Hugin should resign immediately from his position as the Republican Party’s leaders,” Codey said.  “It’s not the type of discourse that should be tolerated in New Jersey – even in defeat.”

Hugin immediately recognized his mistake and quickly sought out reporters, including Matt Friedman of POLITICO, who first reported the incident,  to walk back his comments.

“I immediately apologized for some inappropriate and unintended words that I used during my remarks last night, Hugin told the New Jersey Globe.  “Though unplanned, there is no excuse.  I apologize.”

The Sherrill campaign said the two-term congresswoman has not heard from Hugin.

Millburn Mayor Maggee Miggins said there was “no place in a civil society where when entrusted with responsibility you can exhibit such uncivil and misogynistic behavior and not expect to be held accountable.”

“As currently the only woman mayor in all of Essex County, I am a firm and staunch advocate for encouraging women to seek public office and leadership positions when they get there,” Miggins said.  “They deserve to be treated with respect, at the very least, and not as punching bags for someone’s political gain or as an excuse for disappointment and defeat.

Miggns said that Sherrill  “deserves better than his vile ‘locker room’ remarks.”

Sherrill easily won re-election in New Jersey’s 11th district on Tuesday.  She leads Republican Paul DeGroot by 42,250 votes and 16.6 percentage points.
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