Bayonne Muslims group sues town for voting down mosque plan

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A Muslim group has sued a Hudson County town two months after their application to build a mosque was turned down.

The lawsuit by the Bayonne Muslims is against Bayonne and its zoning board. The group says that the denial of their application followed what they describe as an onslaught of bigotry.

Bayonne's law director said that it does not comment on active litigation, and a lawyer representing the zoning board wasn't immediately available for comment.

The zoning board voted 4-3 in favor of the proposal in March, but it needed a minimum of five votes to pass.

Those who voted against it cited parking and traffic concerns.

Opponents had targeted local Muslim-owned businesses and the church basement that the group rented for prayer services was vandalized.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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