The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) welcomes today’s apology to the Arab-American community by New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), for remarks he made during the recent failed takeover of US port operations by a United Arab Emirates-owned company. On February 27, during a rally at Port Newark, Senator Lautenberg said, “We wouldn’t transfer the title to the devil; we’re not going to transfer it to Dubai.” To view the action alert on Senator Lautenberg’s statements, click here.
fter meeting with the ADC New Jersey Chapter during ADC‘s Capitol Hill Day, Senator Lautenberg apologized for any comment he made “that was considered offensive regarding Dubai at the Port Newark event.” He added that he hoped to work to foster a positive relationship with the Arab-American community. To read the letter issued today by Senator Lautenberg‘s office, please click here.
ADC would like to especially recognize the efforts of the ADC New Jersey Chapter and other community leaders in the state for their tremendous work and their on-going outreach to the New Jersey congressional delegation. For more information on ADC‘s work in New Jersey or to contact the ADC office in Clinton, click here.
ADC also calls on the community to thank Senator Lautenberg for his apology and for responding to the concerns of the Arab-American community. You may contact the Senator at his Washington office at (202) 224-3224 or his main district office in Newark (973) 639-8700.