|Hackensack’s Mayor and Deputy Mayor filed change of party registration forms with the Bergen County Board of Elections today, ending their affiliation with the Republican Party and officially becoming political Independents. As first reported by the Record, Mayor John Labrosse and Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino both said they were leaving the Republican Party primarily because of racially charged statements made by Donald Trump. Both were elected in 2013 on a reform ticket. They issued the following joint statement:
“Hackensack is a very diverse city and we respect all of our residents regardless of their race or heritage. The divisive and racist statements that Trump keeps making are insulting to many of our people and completely unacceptable. We don’t want a young student in one of our schools hearing these things and believing that their own elected officials are supporting these types of statements.”
“We are driving politics out of city government and delivering strong financial management that puts taxpayers first at all times. We are at the early stages of a renaissance that will make Hackensack one of New Jersey’s most desirable small cities. We don’t want partisanship to interfere with our great city’s exciting future.”
Both officials said that they do not plan on making any personal endorsements in the presidential election.