Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) today slammed Paterson City Councilman Michael Jackson for an anti-Semitic slur at Tuesday’s council meeting when he accused a developer of trying to “Jew us down” on a major redevelopment project.
“Antisemitism must be condemned at any moment, big or small, when it rears its head. I reject Councilman Jackson’s comment and all of our community rejects it,” Pascrell told the New Jersey Globe. “Councilman Jackson should apologize without reservation for what he said and understand why his comment is so hurtful. Let’s use this moment to unite our city.”
Pascrell served as mayor of Paterson before winning a congressional seat in 1996 and is easily the city’s most popular politician. He won 90% of the vote in Paterson in his last re-election campaign.
Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh and some city councilmembers were quick to condemn Jackson’s comments at the meeting.
Earlier today, Passaic County Democratic Chairman John Currie called on the City Council to censure Jackson.
Three State Assembly members representing Passaic County also slapped Jackson for his comments.