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Gov. Phil Murphy. left, with Passaic NAACP president Jeffrey Dye.

Steinhardt tells Murphy to fire Dye

Administration appointee under fire for anti-Semitic, anti-Latino Facebook comments

By David Wildstein, August 20 2019 3:07 pm

Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt says that Gov. Phil Murphy needs to fire Jeffrey Dye for making anti-Semitic comments on his Facebook page.

Dye, the president of the Passaic NAACP, was hired for a $56,088-a-year post at the state Department of Labor last February despite warnings that he was divisive and had demonstrated a bias against Jews and Latinos.

“This Administration has been plagued with one scandal after another. The pattern of bad behavior and bad hires is beyond bad judgement and indicative of a broader, more insidious bad government,” said Steinhardt.  “At what point do you stop apologizing for your appointees’ mistakes, biases and alleged assaults and start atoning for them?”

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.

Dye is facing intense criticism from allies of Murphy, including Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic), Passaic Mayor Hector Lora, and New Jersey NAACP president Richard Smith.

Steinhardt has been a vocal critic of the Murphy administration’s hiring practices, calling for investigations into the hiring of two controversial political appointees: Marcellus Jackson and Al Alvarez.

Jackson was hired to work at the state Department of Education after serving a prison sentence for taking a bribe while serving as a Passaic city councilman.  Alvarez was the chief of staff at the New Jersey Schools Development Authority and was gradually forced out amidst allegations that he raped a Murphy campaign volunteer in 2017.

“Yes, Jeffrey Dye must be terminated from his position with the State, but maybe it’s time NJ fire Phil Murphy, too,” Steinhardt said.

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