In GOP Primary with Chegwidden, Bucco goes toe to toe with Obama

In a move that could force Bill Chegwidden to eat his dust a month before the election, state Sen. Tony Bucco (R-25) went after President Barack Obama, calling on the President to apologize to the New Jersey State Police for inviting a rapper to the White House who glorified the assassin of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster in 1973.

“President Obama must apologize to the New Jersey State Police for inviting a rap singer who praises the assassin of a New Jersey State Trooper to the White House,” Bucco said. “The President should realize, especially after May 1, the sacrifices of our brave men and women in uniform who protect us all, both at home and abroad.

“I am especially outraged that the rapper finds the controversy over his lyrics amusing. The murder of a trooper is not a laughing matter.”

The White House countered a national wave of GOP howls over  the presence of Common, whose real name is Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., at a poetry event hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama.

In one of his raps, Common gives a shout-out to convicted Black Panther killer Assata Shakur.

“While the president doesn’t support the kind of lyrics raised here, we do think some of the reports distort what Mr. Lynn stands for more broadly in order to stoke controversy,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday in a statement. In GOP Primary with Chegwidden, Bucco goes toe to toe with Obama