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 N.J. Mayor Charged with Making Antigay Comment

 N.J. Mayor Charged with Making Antigay Comment


Police officers in Jackson, N.J., have filed a complaint charging the township's mayor, Michael Reina, of making an antigay comment when talking at police headquarters.

According to the Asbury Park Press, a confidential investigation report was filed in response to an incident on September 30, when Reina talked with Sgt. Steven Laskiewicz in the watch commander's office in Ocean County.

"The report says Laskiewicz commented to Reina that he (Reina) was a hero for drawing criticism away from Gov. Chris Christie after the mayor complained about the media coverage he (Reina) had been receiving about taking a $78,000-a-year job in the state Transportation Department. Reina forfeited his mayoral salary in taking the job.

"'At least I'm not a homo,' Reina said in response, according to the report."

The reports says that one of the officers who heard the remark is gay.

Reina, a Republican, denied the allegation, according to the newspaper. A bias incident report was sent to the state Department of Law and Public Safety, signed by Detective Mitchell Cowit.

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