The Record reports WKXW-FM hosts Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco made the comments Wednesday while discussing Gurbir Grewal’s recent order to suspend marijuana prosecutions in the state.
Grewal is the country’s first Sikh-American attorney general.
Malloy and Franco acknowledged their words might be offensive, but Malloy said “if that offends you then don’t wear the turban and maybe I’ll remember your name.”
Neither host has responded to emails seeking comment.
Grewal’s office has also not responded to requests for comment.
The American Civil Liberties Union and Gov. Phil Murphy have denounced the hosts’ statements, with the Democratic governor saying hate speech “does not belong on our airwaves.”
The nation’s first Sikh-American attorney general responded Thursday, a day after two New Jersey radio hosts repeatedly referred to him as “turban man.”
Gurbir Grewal tweeted Thursday morning that he’s the 61st attorney general of New Jersey. He wrote: “I’m a Sikh American. I have 3 daughters. And yesterday, I told them to turn off the radio.”
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