POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

House delegation admonishes Trenton City Council members over anti-Semitic remarks

BY Julie Daurio, Associate Producer |

More admonition for Trenton City Council members who used — or defended the use of — an anti-Semitic phrase. This time from the state’s entire 12-member House delegation — who are calling on two council members to apologize or resign.

“Anti-Semitism is on the rise around the world and right here in New Jersey,” the statement reads. “We must never accept bigotry or hatred in any form.”

Council President Kathy McBride has come under fire for saying that a city attorney negotiating a woman’s personal injury lawsuit was “able to wait her out and Jew her down” for a lower settlement. A recording of the closed-door meeting was obtained by The Trentonian.

Two other council members — George Muschal and Robin Vaughn — have come to McBride’s defense, saying the comment was not anti-Semitic. Mushcal has reiterated his defense in multiple interviews, claiming the expression is a figure of speech and is not malicious.

According to Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora, McBride and Muschal have apologized to the city attorney.

And The Trentonian reported McBride publicly apologized for her comments during a city council meeting Tuesday night.