Schaer demands an apology from Johnson

Democratic Assemblyman Gary Schaer is upset with Assemblyman Gordon Johnson for donating money to activist Lyndon LaRouche’s political action committee, saying that the donation “makes no sense.”

"For more than a generation, Lyndon LaRouche's neo-fascist, anti-Semitic, and anti-Catholic remarks and writings have been well documented by numerous groups committed to fighting prejudice and bigotry,” said Schear in a press release today.

Schaer, the first Orthodox Jew to serve in the state legislature, said that he was puzzled by the revelation considering Johnson’s “commitment to the diverse communities that comprise his district.” LaRouche has been condemned by the Anti-Defamation League as anti-Semitic, and his views were dismissed former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McCauliffe criticized as being out of step with the party.

“His contributions to an organization headed by an individual whose views appear diametrically opposed to his own make no sense,” said Schaer. "Assemblyman Johnson owes an immediate explanation and an apology to all New Jerseyans for his actions."

Johnson could not immediately be reached for comment.

Schaer demands an apology from Johnson