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Jeffrey Dye, a Murphy administration official facing criticism for making anti-Semitic and anti-Latino comments on his Facebook page, was fired today from his job at the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
“Jeffrey Dye is no longer employed by the NJ Labor Department,” spokesperson Angela Della Santi said in a short e-mail.
Dye, the president of the Passaic NAACP, was hired for a $56,088-a-year post in February despite warnings that he was divisive and had a history of making derogatory statements against Jews and Latinos.
The New Jersey Globe first reported a series of controversial comments made by Dye on his Facebook page some view as anti-Semitic and anti-Latino.
“It was long overdue,” said Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic). “I applaud the governor’s actions.”
Schaer, who opposed Dye’s hiring earlier this year, said he hopes the the administration will do a better job vetting candidates.
Dye had a long history of controversial Facebook posts.
Passaic Mayor Hector Lora and New Jersey NAACP president Richard Smith were also critical of Dye’s social media comments.