U.S. Senator Bob Menendez wants Clark Mayor Sal Bonaccorso to resign after the Union County Republican was caught on tape making racial slurs, including calling Black people the n-word and “spooks.”
“The language used by Mayor Bonaccorso is vile and has absolutely no place in our society,” said Menendez. “Our public officials should celebrate and welcome our state’s diversity instead of use their position to denigrate whole communities.”
In an apology video, Bonaccorso admitted to using language that was “hurtful and insensitive.”
But Bonaccorso’s remorse came after he initially denied the allegations didn’t impress Menendez, the first non-white candidate to win a statewide race in New Jersey.
“The revelation of these tapes has made Mayor Bonaccorso’s core beliefs known and it is time for him to step aside so that dignity can be restored at City Hall and the families of Clark have the leadership they deserve.”
The Star-Ledger first reported the story, including audio recordings and news that Clark taxpayers paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in a bid to hide those recordings from the public.
The recordings also revealed misogynistic statements, including sexist references to women police officers.
Gov. Phil Murphy and former Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr. have already called for Bonaccorso to step down.