Roughly 25 protesters gathered outside of a fundraiser supporting Bob Hugin’s run for U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez’s seat Monday evening.
The event, which was closed to the press, was billed as a “girls’ night” and was attended by a number of women Republican legislators, including Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-Totowa) and Assemblywomen Holly Schepisi (R-River-Vale), Nancy Munoz (R-Summit) and Betty Lou DeCroce (R-Parsippany).
Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt and Bergen County Republican Chairman Jack Zisa were also in attendance.
The protestors, who gathered around the main and back entrances of Fair Lawn’s Rail Yard Tavern, were primarily protesting Hugin’s history on women’s issues, tied largely to his ‘90s-era opposition to a lawsuit that would have seen women allowed into Princeton University’s exclusive eating clubs.
Hugin, then president of the Tiger Inn, one such eating club, said at the time that the ruling that allowed women to join the establishments was “politically-correct fascism.”
“That’s a problem,” said Christine Clarke, one of the protesters. “I can’t elect someone to the Senate to represent me if my views are not even at the table, and I feel the same way about my daughter.”
Clarke, who was environmental director of the liberal Action Together New Jersey until her recent resignation from the organization, said the group and others were not party to organizing the protest. New Jersey Working Families carried the protest on their Facebook page.