NJ Politics Digest: New Jersey Reacts to Violence in Virginia

Gov. Chris Christie. Andrew Burton/Getty Images

The racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia – where one person was killed and dozens were injured – sparked an immediate reaction in New Jersey, as elected officials denounced white supremacists and residents gathered for weekend rallies.

Gov. Chris Christie condemned “the racism and violence of white nationalists” and said “everyone in leadership must speak out,” perhaps prodding President Trump to say more. Trump was widely criticized for his equivocal response to the violence that didn’t directly criticize white supremacists. Sen. Cory Booker said Trump showed “hateful hypocrisy” in failing to call out the hate groups.

The two major gubernatorial candidates also condemned the violence. Democratic nominee Phil Murphy said it was “the result of when hate and bigotry are given a wink & nod by the president & those around him.” Republican nominee Kim Guadagno said “We must all condemn violence and white supremacists.”

Quote of the Day: “The evil of hatred isn’t just the overt torch-bearing bigots in Virginia. The evil of hate is also the ignorance that breeds it, the apathy that sustains it and the Trump-like rhetoric that gives it license to flourish.” – Cory Booker in a lengthy statement posted on Facebook.

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