Brick parks on Chol Hamoed, and a response from Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles

Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles today issues the following statement in response to Brick Mayor’s statement on Twitter yesterday – which was in response to an anti-Semitic Tweet.

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There are 15 Comments to "Brick parks on Chol Hamoed, and a response from Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles"

  • njhatewatch says:

    The mayor didn’t realize it would get retweeted by a media personality with 400k followers. That is his only regret. He is so used to this kind of rhetoric in ocean county that he didn’t even think twice about assisting an anti Semite with his request. Township meetings in this area are routinely full of the most hateful things being spewed by anti semites. Local talk shows routinely sit in silence as callers launch into horrible tirades against Orthodox Jews. Why should this be different??

  • Sam says:

    This is unbelievable. Great response from Mayor Coles but that other guy should be forced to resign

  • david G says:

    Thank you Mayor! You are a true beacon of leadership and goodness. May you be blessed with good health and peace!

  • Leah says:

    actually – the biggest lesson Mr Coles should be learning here is to invest in Lakewood’s parks.

  • Charles says:

    I believe the Brick Mayor clarified the word “them” referring to the parks security. In this if there’s an emergency call police- they dispatch parks security.

  • Moshe xichna says:

    I happen to think that he meant , call the police if you feel something is wrong and they ,meaning the police, will be sent out to check it out . It was poorly written and in retrospect he should have ignored the anti semite totally, but I’m not sure he needs to be blasted . He might just have meant, if you have a problem with people doing things illegally then call the police who will be sent out to check it out .

  • Benny from the yud says:

    I don’t understand why there is no state attorney General or justice department complaint filed?

    Someone needs to do a Opra request from Brick Township, for all of the records in regards to the Parks security and Passover protocols.

  • Joe says:

    Maybe brick mayor was just saying if you have any issues the law enforcement can help? Dont think he meant it in any other way …everything is that always about race

  • Rochel says:

    Thank you so much Mayor Coles! It is very special of you and very much appreciated. Our town is lucky to have such an outstanding and sensitive soul who is devoted to all the citizens under his care. May g-d repay you for your sensitivity and understanding.

  • njhatewatch says:

    @Joe I think you are missing the point here. The Mayor responds to a horrible anti Semitic tweet as if it’s just the most routine thing in the world to assist an open anti-Semite.

    Replace that tweet with African American or any other group and we all know that the mayor would have either outright ignored the tweet and would most certainly NEVER have engaged without condemning the clear bigotry. By responding so casually to that tweet, he showed that it’s the norm for him to engage with people who engage in that rhetoric.

  • Uncommon sense says:

    I also believe this was a matter of pronoun trouble on the mayor’s part (whether or not it was intentional). Read it as “park security is on duty already. Call police and the police will send security out”.

    That being said, it was a poor way to answer the comment. He should’ve replied “these are public parks, open to any users who choose to attend. If you believe that a group is ruining the park by having an illegal barbecue, littering, or otherwise causing harm, please contact the police to call park security”.

    Sadly, the way the mayor chose to reply just reinforces the antisemitism that keeps the county in a constant battle. Hopefully he can learn a few things from Mayor Coles.

  • Anonymous says:

    I am a visitor to Lakewood from Canada although I have lived previously here. While in Lakewood aside from all the glares and stares that I wasn’t able to entirely verify if they belied animosity or not a few events that actually happened drew my attention:

    1. While at one of the restaurants in Lakewood I noticed one of the staff members being rude to many customers. while I was paying at the register he looked out the window and muttered under his breath but clearly loud enough for others to hear ‘They’re here to destroy everything’. I said ‘Excuse me sir, what are you saying?’. He responded ‘No I’m just talking to myself’. I responded by saying ‘What are you saying then?’ He didn’t reply. I walked away and after a few minutes I couldn’t contain myself and walked back to him and said ‘Excuse me sir, that is a very not nice thing to say’. He looked at me and he knew that I knew what his intention was.He didn’t respond. It was very disconcerting. I know that if I had an employee like that I certainly wouldn’t want him to work for me. He clearly hates everyone around him.
    2. I was walking on the sidewalk on Route 88 with my two year old in my hands a truck roared by and the passenger flipped her finger at me. A mother with a baby in her hands.
    3. My husband on Shabbos day again walking on the sidewalk next to Route 88 and a truck passing by yelled something hateful as well.

    We were visitors to Lakewood. And this happened all in the span of three days. Since I moved away about a year ago the animosity is very clearly felt. It was tangible and…. I’ll let everyone just conclude for themselves.

  • Ari says:

    Suffice it to say we are in golous
    And here in lkwd we feel secure but it’s all an illusion we aren’t safe and must be vigilant the uptick in anti semitisim is not just in Europe or in other states but right here in lkwd as well
    It doesn’t help us when we don’t act as we are supposed to bing the עם הנבחר

  • Ron Benvenisti says:

    Thank you, Honorable Ray. The jerk Ducey got slammed in the NY Post today so this went national. So let’s see what other mayors have to say. Crickets. Also the original Twitter account was deleted. BTW there are two “e” ‘s in Committee (on the stationery) LOL. Best regards to you and yours, as always.

  • Joe says:

    @ njhatewatch
    I understand what you are saying