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The two State Assembly members who represent Trenton today demanded an apology from City Council President Kathy McBride for making an anti-Semitic slur.
Assemblywoman Verlina Jackson-Reynolds (D-Trenton) and Assemblyman Anthony Verrelli (D-Hopewell) also want two other city councilmembers, George Muschal and Robin Vaughn, to apologize for dismissing the offensive tone of McBride’s remarks.
“The anti-Semitic statement made by Councilwoman McBride is unacceptable. Elected officials are appropriately held to a higher standard; therefore, how we use language to convey messages in both private and public settings should be selected carefully, with sensitivity and consideration of all people,” said Jackson-Reynolds “Councilwoman McBride should offer an immediate apology to those she has offended by her remark.”
McBride used the term “Jew her down” in discussing the settlement of a lawsuit, according to a recording of the meeting obtained by the New Jersey Globe.
“The comment, which has sadly emerged in recent weeks in two different incidents, is sharply offensive slang and degrading of a group of people. These comments have no place in everyday life and certainly not in government,” said the two legislators. “As elected officials, we cannot stand for any statement that reflects racism and hate.”
Jackson-Reynolds served on the Trenton City Council before her election to the State Assembly last year.
Only Mayor Reed Gusciora and Councilman Jerrell Blakeley have criticized McBride for her comments.
Muschal and Vaughn came to her defense, and Council Vice President Marge Caldwell-Wilson will only say that she didn’t hear McBride’s comments.