Calling remarks anti-Semitic, Murphy urges Jersey City BOE trustee to resign


Calling her remarks made in a deleted Facebook comment anti-Semitic and hateful, Gov. Phil Murphy (D) is calling on Jersey City Board of Education Trustee Joan Terrell-Paige to resign.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“We will not let anti-Semitism and hate go unchallenged in our communities. In light of Ms. Terrell-Paige’s comments, I urge her to immediately resign from the Jersey City Board of Education,” Murphy tweeted minutes ago.

On Friday, Murphy joined other elected officials and faith leaders at the Temple Beth-El in Jersey City for an interfaith roundtable discussion.

As HCV first reported, Terrell-Paige referred to members of Greenville’s Jewish community as “brutes” in a deleted Facebook comment that appeared online briefly on Sunday.

“Where was all this faith and hope when Black homeowners were threatened, intimidated, and harassed by I WANT TO BUY YOUR HOUSE brutes of the jewish community? They brazenly came on the property of Ward F Black homeowners and waved bags of money,” she wrote.

Her comments, which included “Solomon Dwek did not spread faith and hope,” came just days after four innocent people were gunned down: Jersey City Police Det. Joseph Seals, Mindy Ferencz, Moshe Deutsch, and Douglas Rodriguez.

As a result, Mayor Steven Fulop and Jersey City Education Association President Ron Greco immediately called on Terrell-Paige to step down, with Greco suggesting recent first time BOE candidate Tara Stafford as a suitable replacement.

Terrell-Paige has not responded to inquiries seeking comment or to the public calls for her to relinquish her post as of this evening.

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  1. The remarks were far worse than simply anti-Semitic. Ms. Terrel Paige said the killers knowingly gave their lives to send a message and that message should be listened to.

    Her remarks were beyond repugnant. Imagine what the response would have been if a school board member had said we should listen to the message sent by the 9/11 terrorists or the Boston Marathon bombers.

  2. I wish the mayor (Steve Fulop) would step down. This is so sad and Jersey City isn’t the city I know. It is far worst and they make it seem like it is so great now. So sad and we need better leaders.