Defender of suicide bombers gets Dem nod in Passaic

Passaic County Democrats have picked a controversial Arab American businessman who got in trouble four years ago for defending suicide bombers in Israel to run for an open seat on the Board of Freeholders. Sami Merhi, a Democratic fundraiser close to Congressman Bill Pascrell who also publicly compared former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to Adolph Hitler, was selected on Saturday to run for the open seat of Lois Cuccinello. Merhi’s comments, made at a Pascrell fundraiser and covered by the New York Times, caused Democrats to rally against Merhi when he sought party support for Freeholder in 2004.

Defender of suicide bombers gets Dem nod in Passaic