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Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Weinberg piles in on Hugin

By Nikita Biryukov, July 24 2018 11:29 am

State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg is the latest Democrat to denounce Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Bob Hugin over his opposition to letting women join eating clubs at Princeton University.

In the 1990s, Hugin, then in his 30s and president of the Tiger Inn, one of the university’s prominent eating clubs, railed against allowing women to join the clubs, calling the ruling that allowed them to do so “politically correct fascism.”

After it was ruled women could join the clubs, Hugin launched a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the decision.

“At the end of the day, people need to feel like their candidates actually value them and see them as human beings,” Weinberg said. “How can Bob Hugin fight for women’s rights in Washington, or anyone’s rights, if he has personally fought against them and donated millions to candidates who seek to roll back years of progress? New Jersey voters will not stand for such discrimination.”

He’s since said his stance on the issue, as well as his stance on LGBT rights, has evolved.

“I view many things differently today than I did 25 years ago,” Hugin said in a statement last week. “The Tiger Inn becoming co-ed was a very positive development for the organization and has strengthened it on every level. The decision, made by the undergraduate members, to admit women back in the early 90’s was without question the right thing to do. Personally, I wish I had taken a leadership role in making it happen sooner.”

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