Public officials blast radio hosts, defend state Attorney General

State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal (second from left) joins state Sen. Brain Stack (left) , U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, and Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla at the mayor's inauguration on Jan. 1.
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State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal (second from left) joins state Sen. Brain Stack (left) , U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, and Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla at the mayor's inauguration on Jan. 1.

HOBOKEN – After news broke on Wednesday, July 25, that two radio talk show hosts called state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal “turban man” public officials, including Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla and Governor Phil Murphy, blasted them online.
New Jersey 101.5, WKXW-FM Radio, located in Ewing N.J., has taken the mid-day hosts, Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco, off the air until further notice.
“Hey ‘Racist Man’ @DennisandJudi ,” tweeted Bhalla. “I’m a Jersey guy, born & raised, and so is NewJerseyOAG Grewal – this type of racist garbage has no place in Jersey. Get with the program! #RacistManDennis #jerseypride #educateyourself.”
The radio personalities were discussing the attorney general’ss recent directive to municipal prosecutors to seek adjournments of low-level marijuana cases until September.
“Outraged by the abhorrent and xenophobic comments mocking @NewJerseyOAG on The @DennisandJudi Show on @nj1015,” tweeted Murphy. “Hate speech has no place in NJ, and does not belong on our airwaves. Station management must hold the hosts accountable for these intolerant and racist comments.”
Early Thursday morning Grewal tweeted: “@nj1015: My name, for the record, is Gurbir Grewal. I’m the 61st Attorney General of NJ. I’m a Sikh American. I have 3 daughters. And yesterday, I told them to turn off the radio.”