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Racist statements made by a former Murphy administration official who serves as President of the Passaic NAACP has now made its way to a hotly contested race for State Senate in a Cape May-Cumberland legislative district.
“The recent Anti-Semitic comments made by Jeffrey Dye should be an alarm to all New Jersey residents, including to families like my own… whose ancestors survived the Holocaust and came to America for a better life,” said Michael Testa, Jr., the Republican candidate for State Senate in the 1st district.
His maternal grandparents, Eva and Samuel Flumen, met in a Nazi concentration camp.
Testa, who faces State Sen. Bob Andrzejczak (D-Middle) in a special election this fall, also sharply criticized Gov. Phil Murphy for his administration’s hiring practices, including Al Alvarez and Lizette Delgado-Polanco.
“Make no mistake – the Murphy administration clearly ignored warnings of Dye’s Anti-Semitic past. And yet, they gave him a high-paying, taxpayer funded job anyway,” said Testa. “Just like they ignored warnings about an alleged sex abuser and gave him a cushy job and looked the other way while the Vice-Chair of the Democratic State Committee turned a multi-billion dollar public agency into a patronage pit for unqualified family and friends.”
The Cumberland County GOP Chairman says that issues surround Dye, Alvarez and Delgado-Polanco illustrate the need for more Republicans in the Legislature.
“I’m not sure whether the Murphy Administration is incompetent, corrupt, or both, but either way, we need to elect a Republican check and balance in Trenton against this mess in November,” Testa said.
The 1st district is the only State Senate race in the state. Andrzejczak and Testa will face off for the unexpired term of Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-Dennis), who left the Senate in January after taking his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.