Garden State Equality Stands with Trenton Council member Jennifer Williams
New Jersey’s largest LGBTQ rights organization stands firm with NJ’s first transgender city council member in the face of a last court challenge.
Garden State Equality issued the following statement (below) on the latest court challenge of Trenton City Council member Jennifer Williams’ election victory. Ms. Williams took the oath of office on January 1 after multiple run-off victories followed by multiple court challenged to her narrow victory.
By winning the most voters to represent Trenton’s North Ward, Ms. Williams, a moderate Republican.
In their statement, Garden State Equality called on former Councilmember Robin Vaughn (formerly of an opposition slate) to “end Trenton toxic politics.”
“Garden State Equality has supported Trenton City Council member Jennifer Williams’ campaign since it began and we continue to support her now that she is installed in her office. Her election as the first LGBTQ+ City council member in Trenton and the first transgender person to be elected to a municipal office in New Jersey is historic. Since her election was certified last month, she has been serving the residents of Trenton faithfully and honorably.Supporters of her opponent have relentlessly attacked Council member Williams personally, often invoking her honest & authentic identity as a transgender person to try to diminish her, her campaign & her capabilities.Enough is enough with Trenton toxic politics. There is so much hope and promise for New Jersey’s gateway city. We call on all those involved in those attacks to stand down. We acknowledge and respect that the Mercer County Superior Court will take up this third challenge to Trenton Councilwoman Jennifer Williams’ election and rule in a fair and just manner.Garden State Equality unequivocally supports Trenton City Council member Jennifer Williams in fighting back against these unfair and unwarranted personal attacks. We will respect the court process and we look forward to justice being done.”
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