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Trenton City Council President Kathy McBride said that a lawyer representing the city in a personal injury claim was “able to wait her out and Jew her down” to settle the case at a lower amount during an executive session of the City Council on September 5, the New Jersey Globe has learned.
McBride refused to comment on her statements when reached by the New Jersey Globe.
“I am not at privilege to speak about anything at executive session per the law that governs executive sessions,” McBride said. “It was an executive session and by the law I am not privy to speak on that per the law.”
Asked if she has made derogatory remarks about Jews outside of closed-door city council meetings, McBride said she would not comment on “hypotheticals.”
In an e-mail obtained by the Globe, Mayor Reed Gusciora rebuked McBride for her comments.
“As the Mayor of this City that encompasses diverse communities of racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds, I find this to be offensive,” Gusciora wrote. “This anti-Semitic remark, particularly about an attorney in our law department who happens to be Jewish, should have no place in our public discourse. I hope that after some reflection you would apologize for these remarks.”
The council president declined an opportunity to walk back her comments, instead refusing to break the cone of silence around executive sessions.
“This is a violation,” McBride said.
McBride is the third public official to use an anti-Semitic slur in the last few weeks.
One Tuesday, Paterson City Councilman Michael Jackson accused a developer of trying to “Jew us down” on a major redevelopment project. Jeffrey Dye was fired from his job at the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development last month – and forced out of his post as Passaic NAACP president – after a history of anti-Semitic and anti-Latino comments became public.