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Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Weinberg calls Trenton homophobic slurs ‘troublesome to listen to’

Senate Majority Leader: ‘We need leadership that calm, rational’

By David Wildstein, May 03 2020 4:09 pm

Homophobic comments made by Trenton Councilwoman Robin Vaughn on Saturday has drawn criticism from Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, one of the state’s leading human rights advocates.

“This was actually hard and very troublesome to listen to,” Weinberg said.  “Hearing all the council people talking over each other and calling each other names was bad enough, but the foul-mouthed racist homophobic outburst of councilwoman Vaughn was by far the worst.”

On a COVID-19 city council conference call, Vaughn spent nearly 30 minutes in a profanity ridden tirade hurling  slurs at Mayor Reed Gusciora, who is openly gay.

“Particularly in these times, we need leadership that is calm, rational and with a sense of cooperation,” said Weinberg, who called Vaughn’s comments “hardly appropriate.”

Christian Fuscarino, the executive director of Garden State Equality, called on Vaughn to resign.

“There’s no need to parse words here: for her hateful anti-LGBTQ language and defending the anti-Semitic slurs of others, she must resign.” Fuscarino said earlier today.

Last fall, Vaughn doubled down on her support of City Council President Kathy McBride’s use of an anti-Semitic slur, saying that “Jew her down” was just a verb.

Audio recording of Saturday’s city council conference call.  Vaughn’s tirade begins 20 minutes in.

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