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Lt. Gov. Sheila Y. Oliver. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Oliver says it’s time for Vaughn to resign

Lt. Governor calls out homophobic Trenton councilwoman

By David Wildstein, May 04 2020 12:09 pm

Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver wants Robin Vaughn to apologize and resign after hurling a barrage of homophobic statements at the city’s openly gay mayor on a recorded conference call on Saturday.

“I’m deeply troubled by the offensive remarks made by Trenton Councilwoman Robin Vaughn,” said Oliver, the only African American women to win statewide office in New Jersey.  “Her explosive behavior was completely unacceptable and not how elected officials should be conducting themselves.”

Oliver said that Vaughn “should apologize immediately for the homophobic and derogatory comments she directed at Mayor Gusciora and the other council members and officials and resign from her position as West Ward councilwoman.”

Gov. Phil Murphy, U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, and Democratic State Chairman John Currie have called for Vaughn’s ouster.

“Governor Murphy and I will not tolerate hateful and disruptive behavior from public officials. There is no place for such hate and bigotry in our state and local governments,” the Lt. Governor said.  “The people of Trenton deserve better.”

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