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Assemblyman Clinton Calabrese (D-Cliffside Park) became the sixth legislator who represents parts of Passaic County to call for Jeffrey Dye to resign his post as Passaic NAACP President.
“Mr. Dye’s long history of anti-Semitic and anti-Latino social media posts, prior to and during his employment by the State, are indicative of a broader, hate-filled rhetoric that has no place in New Jersey,” said Calabrese, who is one of Dye’s assemblymen. “I strongly urge him to step down immediately as President of the Passaic NAACP. His stated beliefs only further fuel division and anger, countering ideals of diversity and inclusion throughout our communities.”
Dye was ousted from his job at the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development last week amidst revelations of racist comments made by Dye on his Facebook page.
Calabrese is the running mate of Gary Schaer, an Assemblyman and Passaic City Council President who has been a longtime political foe of Dye.
“Assemblyman Schaer, who I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with over my term, has proudly served the 36th district for the past 13 years. He is a man of great integrity and volition,” said Calabrese. “I am pleased that the Governor’s administration took swift action to remove Mr. Dye from his position with the State after the totally unwarranted and inappropriate vitriolic attacks he directed at Assemblyman Schaer.”