Jeffrey Dye, the former Passaic City NAACP president who was ousted over a series of anti-Semitic and anti-Latino Facebook posts, is running for mayor.
Dye, who was fired from a $56,088-a-year post in Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration after the New Jersey Globe first reported a series of controversial comments he made, will seek to oust Passaic Mayor Hector Lora in a non-partisan municipal election next month.
Lora, who has served as mayor since late 2016, also faces a challenge from Diomedes Minaya, who is making his third bid for the mayorship this year.
Dye lost both the state government job and his post with the NAACP after the New Jersey Globe reported on his lengthy history of anti-Semitic statements. He blamed Assemblyman Gary Schaer, the Passaic Council president, and Lora for the reports, claiming in an that they and their “hired ‘Jewish media hit team’” coordinated to oust him.
He appears to be running on his own. It’s his seventh bid for public office since 2005 and his second for mayor. Last year, he ran for School Board.
Dye faces other headwinds. Lora earlier this month reported having $196,122.49 in his war chest, having raised $17,601.38 in the first quarter of 2021 and having spent $26,704.46 over the same period.
The former NAACP chapter president, meanwhile, has not reported any contributions for any of his seven bids for elected office. He also has a lengthy arrest record that includes a 1998 incident during which he allegedly threatened his brother with a knife.
Minaya is running on a slate with Council candidate Lisa Abreu Wozniak.
Council incumbents Jose Garcia, Terrence Love and Daniel Schwartz are seeking re-election.