JACKSON-Jackson Mayor Michael Reina said at a recent Jackson Township Republican Club meeting that he would “kick his ass”, referring to Dr. Richard Roberts, a Lakewood philanthropist and former advisor to President Donald J. Trump’s election transition team.
“I’m not afraid of Roberts,” Reina told the Jackson GOP, who have already been condemned by the Republican National Committee for anti-Semitic behavior against Orthodox Jews. “I might win, I might not.”
Reina was upset with Roberts after a text survey went out to Jackson residents several weeks ago asking opinions about the mayor’s job efficiency and whether or not they felt the mayor and council is acting in a manner that is anti-Semitic.
Reina, who frequently brags about his “street tough” Brooklyn upbringing is the subject of multiple federal civil rights lawsuits and investigations by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and Department of Justice.
Roberts is the suspected mastermind behind a massive social and political campaign against Reina and his treatment of Orthodox Jews in Jackson Township. Roberts’ role in the campaign has not yet been publicly confirmed.
Months ago, Roberts offered to sit down with Reina after he publicly called for the mayor’s resignation.
“[explitive] him, called for my resignation, now he wants to talk?” Reina said at the offer. The two never met.
Members of the Jackson Republican Club alerted Shore News Network after Reina made the comments.