Two Democratic legislators from a district that includes part of Passaic County are applauding the Murphy administration’s decision to fire Jeffrey Dye from his job at the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
“Mr. Dye’s racially divisive comments and social media posts are clear evidence that his conduct falls short of that standard,’ said Assemblywoman Lisa Swain (D-Fair Lawn) and Assemblyman Christopher Tully (D-Bergenfield). “We support Mr. Dye’s termination because New Jersey must send a strong message that hate and divisiveness have no place in our state.”
Swain and Tully also voiced their strong support of Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic), who has been “unfairly targeted by Mr. Dye with malicious smears.”
“Assemblyman Schaer is a compassionate public servant and a man of great personal integrity,” Swain and Tully said. “We are proud to serve alongside him.”
Dye’s state employment was ended after the Murphy administration became aware of anti-Semitic and anti-Latino rants that he made on Facebook before and during his time on the state payroll.
“As a Jewish woman, I am personally outraged by the anti-Semitic rhetoric that Mr. Dye has espoused on social media,” Swain said. “At a time when synagogues and Jewish communities in our country are increasingly being targeted with threats of violence, it is chilling to see this kind of hate being spread in New Jersey.”
Dye remains in his position as President of the Passaic NAACP despite calls for his resignation. The state and national NAACP offices are reviewing his status, according to Richard T. Smith, the New Jersey NAACP President.
Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson), Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Chairman Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge), Democratic State Chairman John Currie, Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-River Vale), Assemblyman Bob Auth (R-Old Tappan), and Passaic County Freeholders TJ Best and John Bartlett have called for Dye’s resignation or removal from his NAACP post.