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.
“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.
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.
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) December 18, 2019