A candidate for Mayor of a small New Jersey town was caught on tape allegedly spewing a racist rant in which she said she didn’t want her village to become a “f------ n----- town.”
Marie Strumolo Burke, who is running for mayor in Belleville, N.J. as a Democrat, was reportedly heard making the vitriolic comments on a voicemail from 2013,
according to NJ.com.
In the voicemail, left by the former chairman of Belleville’s planning board, Sam Papa, on the phone of Councilman Kevin Kennedy, a voice thought to be Burke’s can be heard in the background screaming the angry racist comment.
“This is terrible. This is terrible. This is gonna be a f------ n----- town,” Burke is allegedly heard yelling in the background, as Papa is heard discussing tax changes.
A forensics lab based in Michigan confirmed the voice on the tape was Burke’s, according to NJ.com.
Burke, who is currently a councilwoman for the Newark suburb of about 36,000, didn’t immediately respond to a request by the Daily News to comment on the situation, but she has reportedly denied the voice on the tape is hers.
Burke is running against incumbent Mayor Raymond Kimble in the June election. Kimble told NJ.com he was “disturbed” by the alleged comments.
Earlier this week, Belleville council members voted to request a censure from the Democratic National Committee of Strumolo Burke due to the purported comments.
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