Bayonne officials vote to approve mosque after previously denying it

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BAYONNE -

The city of Bayonne has finally given approval to a Muslim group's bid to build a mosque.

The Bayonne zoning board approved the project Monday night, ending a saga that started last summer when they initially turned down the project.

That vote spurred a federal lawsuit by the Bayonne Muslims, who claimed they were turned down following an onslaught of bigotry. Federal law enforcement officials then announced they were investigating the city's decision.

A settlement announced in January called for Bayonne to pay the group $400,000 and have the project go before the zoning board for another vote.

City officials noted that a lengthy legal battle could have cost Bayonne millions of dollars.

Mosque opponents have cited parking and traffic issues as their main concerns.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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