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Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-New Jersey)

Watson Coleman condemns Trenton councilwoman’s “Jew her down’ statement

Congresswoman says ‘words matter’

By David Wildstein, September 14 2019 5:03 pm

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) today criticized Trenton City Council President Kathy McBride, who said in a closed-door council meeting earlier this month where she said a Jewish a lawyer representing the city in a personal injury claim was “able to wait her out and Jew her down” to settle the case at a lower amount.

“Words matter and it’s important that they be consistent with our values. Comments like the one attributed to the Councilwoman are often the result of a lack of understanding of the harm they cause,” Watson Coleman told the New Jersey Globe.  “Nevertheless, they are both offensive and run contrary to the goal of a government that is inclusive of all Trentonians.”

Mayor Reed Gusciora condemned McBride’s comments and Councilman Jerrell Blakeley today called on McBride to resign as Council President and said he would ask the entire City Council to censure her.

McBride told the Globe yesterday that she could not comment on her statements.

“I am not at privilege to speak about anything at executive session per the law that governs executive sessions,” McBride said.  “It was an executive session and by the law I am not privy to speak on that per the law.”

This is the third reported incident of anti-Semitic comments in the last month.

Jeffrey Dye lost his Murphy administration position last month after making a series of anti-Semitic and anti-Latino statements, and the national NAACP removed him as president of the Passaic Branch.

Paterson Councilman Michael Jackson is under fire for using the “Jew him down” comment during a council meeting last Tuesday.

McBride declined further comment earlier today.

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