New Jersey Democratic State Chairman John Curie has called on embattled Passaic NAACP President Jeffrey Dye to resign.
“Jeffrey Dye’s public statements do not fit within the mission of the NAACP, which is dedicated to the elimination of race-based discrimination for all people,” said Currie, the longtime Passaic County Democratic Chairman. “I hope that the NAACP leadership recognizes that the organization cannot fulfill its mission with Dye as its President, and I strongly urge him to step down.”
Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration fired Dye from his state job las week after reports surfaced of anti-Semitic and anti-Latino statements made on social media.
Currie has been a longtime leader of the NAACP at the state and local level.
He served on the Paterson NAACP Board from 1996 to 2004 and was Vice President from 1998 to 2001.
Currie has been the target of Dye’s wrath in the past.
“We have just been watching John Currie bully the candidates on a regular basis,” Dye said about the longtime Democratic leader in 2014. “He would put a candidate in place, then he controls them, tells them what to do.”
NAACP New Jersey Conference President Richard T. Smith has told the New Jersey Globe that the statewide group is working with the national office to determine the best way of handling Dye’s future with the century-old organization.
In the meantime, Smith says he’s asked Dye to stop making hateful comments and says Dye does not speak for the NAACP.