Responding to the hateful comments made at the contentious Jackson Township Council meeting earlier this month, New Jersey Republican state Chairman Bob Hugin has released a statement calling for “mutual respect.”
“The events at the special meeting in Jackson Township last week should have everyone concerned. Change may not be easy to deal with at times, but never does it warrant or excuse blatant antisemitism,” Hugin said in his statement.
During the five hour meeting, numerous residents took to the podium to note their opposition to the new ordinances, with some using hateful and antisemitic rhetoric, with one resident specifically calling out Councilman Mordechai Burnstein, who is also the first Orthodox Jewish Councilmember to serve in Jackson.
“Mr. Burnstein, with all due respect, you have one agenda here and it’s not for the people of Jackson. It’s for your people of Jackson,” the resident said.
“No individual, especially a duly appointed member of Council, should be attacked or silenced based on his religion,” Hugin continued. Only with mutual respect for all people can the community responsibly and safely chart a successful path forward,” he added.