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Democrats condemn Monroe GOP candidate for offensive Facebook posts

Steve Martin, Republican candidate for mayor, says his page was hacked

By Joey Fox, October 14 2021 6:41 pm

After a New Jersey Globe story this morning drew attention to bizarre and offensive Facebook posts found on the account of Steve Martin, the Republican nominee for mayor in Monroe Township, a bevy of Central Jersey Democrats have released statements condemning Martin and his council running mate, Peter Tufano.

“We are deeply offended by the bigoted social media posts of [the] Monroe Republican candidates,” State Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-Plainsboro), Assemblyman Daniel Benson (D-Hamilton), and Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-Hamilton) said in a joint statement. “Monroe Township and the 14th District is a diverse, welcoming community. As your legislators we will always work to combat hatred and bigotry. We trust the residents of Monroe Township to reject the small minded ideas of extremists.”

Kevin McCabe, the chairman of the Middlesex County Democratic Organization, went further and called on Martin to drop out of the race.

“It is appalling that a candidate running to represent a town in the most diverse county in NJ would use social media to post anti-Semitic and racial images on social media,” he said. “Steve Martin should withdraw immediately from the race.”

Martin has maintained that his account was hacked, which he says accounts for posts that compared Robert Mueller to the head of the Gestapo, claimed Vice President Kamala Harris isn’t Black, and implied gun control leads to concentration camps.

Confronted with the posts, Martin said that “half of our team is married to Jewish people,” an argument which the 14th district legislators also drew attention to in their statement.

“Steve Martin’s defense that ‘half of our team is married to Jewish people,’ and therefore they cannot be antisemitic, is misguided and ignores the reality of hate in America,” they said.

Monroe Township has been controlled by Democrats since 1987, but the township has grown more competitive in recent years. Martin faces interim mayor Stephen Dalina in November.

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