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Councilwoman's headscarf becomes issue in Clifton
by Jeff Green
A resident has drawn sharp criticism for suggesting that Councilwoman Lauren Murphy disqualify herself from official action concerning a new mosque because she was photographed at an event wearing "the garment of a Muslim."
Resident Mary Fran Fallucca complained to the City Council about a massive spillover of cars onto the streets surrounding the Islamic Center of Passaic County on Pershing Road. She said that Murphy could not be impartial because of her apparent devotion to the Muslim faith.
"In my opinion, you should step down from this council because you are in conflict of interest," Fallucca said, flashing a photo of the councilwoman wearing a gray headscarf. "You clearly aren't working for all taxpayers."
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