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Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, left, at a community meeting in Jersey City on April 2, 2019.

Suarez believes in robust press, spokesman says

Hudson prosecutor slap at NJ.com was ‘in context of a narrow question’

By David Wildstein, April 04 2019 5:41 pm

Hudson County prosecutor Esther Suarez appears to have dialed back her rhetoric after a headed community meeting on Tuesday evening when she told a Jersey City resident to ignore NJ.com and use her office’s Twitter feed instead.

“The prosecutor believes in a robust press,” executive assistant prosecutor Gene Rubino told the New Jersey Globe.  “Her reply was in context of a narrow question.”

Suarez told residents gathered in Jersey City to talk about public safety concerns following the rape and murder of a woman in Lincoln Park last month.

“I’m never one to tell you to go to either NJ.com or any of those papers for actual news,” Suarez said.  “There it goes, I said it.”

Gov. Phil Murphy and Attorney General Gurbir Grewal voiced support for an independent free press earlier today while declining specific comment on Suarez’s statement.

The firestorm erupted after it took four days for law enforcement to announce that the death of Carolina Cano, a 45-year-old nanny who was kidnapped and raped before being strangled to death on March 24, was ruled a homicide.

Jersey City mayor Steven Fulop told residents that he first believed Cano’s death was a suicide.

Jorge Rios, a Honduran who was in the U.S. illegally and had been deported once before, was arrested on Sunday.

The story on Cano’s murder and Rios’ immigration status were first reported by NBC New York.

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