HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - Hudson County Republicans are calling on Michael Alonso to resign from the Bayonne Board of Education. The calls come in response to social media posts Alonso shared on Facebook that have been deemed insensitive given current events.
“Where will the Bayonne Riot Start? Walmart-QuikChek-ShopRite?’ Alonso asked in the Sunday post, referring to unrest that has occurred in city’s across the US following the death of George Floyd, an African American man, at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. That officer has now been charged with murder in the case.
Mayor Jimmy Davis, a retired captain with the Bayonne Police Department, has said that Floyd’s death “should have never happened.”
On Tuesday the Bayonne Board of Education held an Emergency meeting where, finding they were unable to remove him from the body, they passed a resolution condemning Alonso’s posts, clarifying that they are his alone and not reflective of the Bayonne Board of Education, and decrying and rebuking “racism, intolerance, and insensitivity” of any kind. Alonso and Ava Finnerty were both absent from the meeting.
“It’s time to end social injustices in this country,” an emotional Board President, Maria Valado, said to close the meeting.
Acknowledging the “unconscionable killing” of Floyd and calling for an end to the “rioting and destruction of property,” that has occurred in some cities, the statement received by TAPinto Bayonne chastised Alonso for “speculating wildly on Facebook about riots in the City of Bayonne and making racially charged comments.”
“This is not the first time Mr. Alonso has acted like this. In fact, we did not support him or any of his running mates the last three years. But it is clear he is unfit to serve on the board,” the statement continued, offering a warning that if he does seek reelection this year the Republican Party will endorse another qualified candidate to defeat him.
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