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New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

A measured Grewal condemns Vaughn

‘I think I’ve made pretty plain over the last number of years my position on this type of conduct,’ attorney general says

By Nikita Biryukov, May 05 2020 4:27 pm

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal joined a slew of Democratic and Republican officials in condemning Trenton Councilwoman Robin Vaughn over a protracted homophobic outburst on a call between city officials held Saturday.

“I’d echo the governor’s comments,” Grewal said. “I think I’ve made pretty plain over the last number of years my position on this type of conduct.”

Murphy called for Vaughn’s resignation on Sunday, though Grewal was referring to separate comments condemning the councilwoman the governor made during Tuesday’s COVID-19 briefing.

Saturday’s initially-civil teleconference turned ugly after Vaughn accused Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora of being a drug addict and a pedophile and told Councilman Joe Harrison to “Continue to suck Reed Gusciora’s dick all you want to, motherfucker.”

Gusciora is Trenton’s first openly-gay mayor and was the first openly-gay member of the New Jersey legislature.

The attorney general stopped short of calling for Vaughn’s resignation, indicating that his position made such a call improper.

“I’m being a little bit measured because I also oversee two agencies that investigate this type of conduct, but I have zero tolerance for it,” Grewal said. “And if there’s something for us to look at and something’s referred to us, I need to be a little bit measured and not go into detail on that.”

Vaughn came under fire last year after she defended Trenton Council President Kathy McBride’s use of an anti-Semitic Trope. The phrase “Jew her down,” Vaughn said, was just a verb.

In 2018, Grewal was the subject of racist comments by New Jersey 101.5 radio hosts Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco.

The two were suspended after they repeatedly referred to Grewal, who is Sikh, as “turban man.”

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