New Jersey sheriff is caught on secret recording making ‘ using racist, homophobic, and hateful language’
Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino allegedly made‘appalling’ racist remark lamenting that pot legalization will ‘let the blacks come in and do whatever the f**k they want’, in January
Secret tape records conversation in reaction to new governor Phil Murphy’s inauguration – Saudino, a Democrat, blasts governor’s remarks about marijuana legalization
Going beyond his laments that the policy will ‘let the blacks come in, do whatever the f**k they want’, he states that Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, who is a Sikh, was appointed due to ‘the turban’
Further, Saudino speculates whether new Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, who is unmarried, is a lesbian
Governor Phil Murphy, himself a Democrat, called for Saudino’s resignation on Thursday
On Thursday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy called for Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino to resign, after the secret recordings from January 16 were released by NPR affiliate WNYC.
Sheriff Saudino who is white and an elected Democrat was allegedly caught on several tapes describing Murphy’s gubernatorial inauguration speech, which he attended, to several law enforcement colleagues.
‘He talked about the whole thing, the marijuana, sanctuary state,’ said the voice that is allegedly Saudino, who is white and an elected Democrat.
‘Christ almighty, in other words let the Blacks come in, do whatever the f**k they want, smoke their marijuana, do this, do that, and don’t worry about it. You know, we’ll tie the hands of cops.’
The men heard in the tape then shoot the bull about the state’s new Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, who is Sikh.
‘He didn’t do that because of Bergen County; he did that because of the turban,’ Saudino allegedly said. ‘He talked about how his cabinet already is so diverse.’
Grewal at the time had been Bergen County’s prosecutor. Grewal said that the remarks heard in the tape were ‘inconsistent with the Mike Saudino I knew and worked with in Bergen County.’
The tapes also include inflammatory remarks about Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver.
‘Is she gay? Because she’s never been married,’ Saudino allegedly asked the others in the room about Oliver.
‘Without question, the comments made on that recording are appalling, and anyone using racist, homophobic, and hateful language is unfit for public office,’ Murphy told WNYC in a statement.
‘If indeed that is Sheriff Saudino’s voice on the recording, he must resign.’
Saudino has not commented publicly on the authenticity of the tapes or the governor’s call for him to resign.
Bergen County, which is just across the Hudson River from Manhattan and the Bronx, is New Jersey’s most populous county.
The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office employs more than 600 people, and is responsible for assisting municipal police departments, patrolling county roads and the courthouse, and operating the county jail.