Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin isn’t happy with statements that former Murphy administration official Jeffrey Dye made about Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic) during a 2017 meeting of the Passaic NAACP.
“I read and listened to, with great dismay, the very offensive comments about Assemblyman Gary Schaer,” Coughlin said. “These remarks are not at all reflective of the Gary Schaer I’ve known and worked with for nearly a decade.”
Coughlin said Schaer “has always been an honorable, thoughtful and trusted friend and colleague who is dedicated to civility and serving the public.”
Dye had launched into a tirade against Schaer, an Orthodox Jew and the president of the Passaic City Council.
“Every time we want something, we gotta go beg Gary Schaer for something. We’re on a slave plantation here, and we all (are) acting like slaves if we can’t come together,” Dye said. “Who wins when we conspire against each other? The slave master himself, Gary Schaer.”
Schaer had tried to stop Dye, whom he called divisive, from getting a state government position after Murphy was elected.
Dye was fired from his job at the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development on Tuesday, one day after the Globe reported that the local NAACP chapter president had made derogatory remarks about Jews and Latinos on his Facebook page.