NJ 101.5 hosts face criticism over comments about state attorney general
Two New Jersey 101.5 radio hosts are facing criticism for comments they made about the state attorney general.
Host Dennis Malloy said that he couldn’t remember Attorney General Gurbir Grewal’s name and said that he would just refer to him by the turban that Grewal wears. Grewal is a practicing Sikh. Co-host Judi Franco then joined in on the discussion and repeated what Malloy said in a joking manner.
The pair made the comments Wednesday while discussing Grewal's recent order to suspend marijuana prosecutions in the state.
The comments sparked outrage among some state leaders.
Gov. Phil Murphy’s office issued a statement saying, “I’m outraged by the abhorrent and xenophobic comments made earlier today mocking Attorney General Gurbir Grewal on ‘The Dennis & Judi Show’…Hate speech has no place in New Jersey, and it does not belong on our airwaves.”
Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla, also a practicing Sikh, tweeted, "Hey "Racist Man" Dennis and Judi: I'm a Jersey guy, born & raised, and so is Attorney General Grewal - this type of racist garbage has no place in Jersey. Get with the program!”
The New Jersey Chapter of the ACLU also sent out a tweet commenting on how Grewal’s name should be pronounced.
News 12 New Jersey has reached out to ‘The Dennis and Judi Show’ and Attorney General Grewal for comment and is waiting to hear back.