Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) wants the NAACP to remove Jeffrey Dye as president of the Passaic chapter.
“Mr. Dye is an anti-Semite. His actions prove it. His words prove it,” Pascrell said. “His removal from any position of public life is long overdue.”
Dye became president of the Passaic NAACP in January 2017, succeeding Calvin Merritt. He began working for the Murphy for Governor campaign shortly after that.
The state and national NAACP are reviewing Dye’s comments to determine their next step, according to Richard T. Smith, the state president and a national board member.
Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Chairman Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge), Passaic County Freeholders TJ Best and John Bartlett, and New Jersey Democratic State Chairman John Currie have said that Dye should step down.
A five-time unsuccessful candidate for local office in Passaic, Dye was hired to serve as the state Labor Department’s Passaic County business representative in February. The Murphy administration fired him from his $56,088-a-year post last week after the New Jersey Globe first reported anti-Semitic and anti-Latino Facebook posts made by Dye.
While the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development said he had hired Dye, the identity of the individual who recommended him remains unconfirmed. Derrick Greene, a top aide to Gov. Phil Murphy, was listed on Dye’s resume as a reference.
Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic) and Justin Braz, Murphy’s Deputy Chief of Staff, both voiced opposition to Dye’s hiring.