Hamilton Twp. Mayor Jeff Martin Releases Statement On Local Business Owner’s Facebook Posts

June 11, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The modestly upscale event venue The Stone Terrace by John Henry’s on Kuser Road has come under fire after one of the co-owners-chef allegedly made racist posts on his personal Facebook account. Some of the screen shots from the posts can be found on their Yelp page here under reviews photos here also on Yelp.

Area social media accounts have reports that there will be a protest in front of the venue at 6 pm. about the posts.

Mayor of Hamilton Township Jeff Martin held his Inauguration ceremony there on January 1, 2020 and has released a statement:

๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ณ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—๐—ผ๐—ฒ ๐—ฅ๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜€๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ

Iโ€™m saddened and horrified to see Mr. Russo holds such hateful and abhorrent views. Had I known he held these racist feelings, I would never have attended, supported, or held events at his restaurant. I unequivocally condemn his words and his disregard for human decency.

Hamiltonโ€™s diversity is one of the best parts of our Township. We have residents of all races, religions, ages, creeds, nationalities, and beliefs. We have people who live in urban, suburban and rural communities. Like America, our diversity is our strength.

Clearly, a much larger discussion on race and racism, on diversity, on compassion, and on acceptance is not only needed, but necessary. Today, I am leading the first of those discussions with members of our law enforcement and minority community. I am happy to lead and participate in those discussions locally, but they must also occur across our state and country. Until we come together to ensure hate has no home, we will continue to face the ugliness that is racism.

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