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Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson). (Photo: Bill Pascrell.)

Pascrell rips Paterson councilman for ‘Jew us down’ comment

Democratic congressman was mayor of Paterson before winning House seat

By David Wildstein, September 12 2019 5:53 pm

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.

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  1. The term is well known in all communities. Mr. Jackson grew up hearing this phrase as well as I. Mr. Jackson used the term in the right context, unfortunately in the wrong forum.
    From the noun Jew, based on the stereotype of Jews as parsimonious and driving hard bargains + down.
    Verb jew down (third-person singular simple present jews down, present participle jewing down, simple past and past participle jewed down)
    (offensive) To bargain or haggle with a seller in order to obtain a lower price for a good or service.

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