An employee at “The Factory” posted an Instagram story yesterday hurling homophobic slurs at Jersey City’s chief municipal prosecutor, days after the establishment was sanctioned for violating state orders.
The social media post, which was in Spanish, asked Jake Hudnut – who is openly gay – “to come help us clean,” using two explicit homophobic slurs to describe him in the process.
The female employee’s name is not listed in her profile description or recent posts and she switched her account to private shortly after HCV posted about her story on Twitter.
The Factory was summonsed for having large crowds inside without face masks last weekend, despite the fact that indoor dining is still not permitted in New Jersey.
Hudnut said at the time that he was going to recommend that the local Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Board files for a temporary loss of their liquor license, along with requesting they deny their applications seeking expanded outdoor seating.
While the move has made him unpopular some of The Factory patrons and staff, claiming establishments Downtown haven’t received the same treatment, Gov. Phil Murphy (D) praised how the situation was handled on Wednesday.
“Yesterday, officials in @JerseyCity began legal actions against The Factory Restaurant and Lounge for what it’s saying have been regular violations,” the governor tweeted.
“I applaud @StevenFulop & @JakeHudnut for their zero-tolerance approach, & urge other municipal officials to take a similar stance.”
A few hours after this story was published, Hudnut addressed the post on Twitter.
“I’ve felt the sting of homophobic slurs before. Every day 1000s of LGBTQ youth do too. Today it was directed at me for doing my job as #JerseyCity’s prosecutor. Tomorrow it’ll be directed at someone else. Instead of anger, I address injustice,” he wrote.
“The words in this video are not #JerseyCity values, and these words can’t distract us from what this incident was originally about: the fight against COVID-19 and the importance of public health and safety now more than ever.”
No one answered The Factory’s land line on Friday.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with a comment from Jersey City Chief Municipal Prosecutor Jake Hudnut.