HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - During the Hunterdon County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday, director Sue Soloway made a statement regarding the Trump rally she attended Jan. 6, as well as calls for her resignation that have come since.
Below is her statement in its entirety:
“Following the media coverage and interest in my attendance in the rally in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021, I believe the issue needs to be directly addressed. The attack at the U.S. Capitol building Jan. 6 was abhorrent, and I have joined the members of the Board of County Commissioners in condemning it. The loss of life that resulted from the attack is tragic and my prayers are with the families of those who died as a result of the violence. I have called for the perpetrators to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
“On Jan. 6, I traveled on a bus to a rally in Washington. I did not organize the trip. I had tried to see the President speak in-person on a number of occasions, including traveling to Wildwood in 2020. I viewed this as another opportunity (to see President Trump speak). I have been a supporter of the President dating back to his 2016 presidential campaign, I have made no secret of that. Some may not like that, but it is my prerogative under the First Amendment to support who I wish to, as it is with different opinions to hold and express their own opinions. We will not debate those opinions in this (meeting) forum.
“On the bus ride down and at the rally I joined in prayer, another Constitutional right. We prayed for our elected representatives, for each other and for our country. Some are dismissive of prayer while I, however, believe it to be a powerful tool. Again, we have the right to disagree as guaranteed under our Constitution.
“Now my attendance at the Jan. 6 rally has been castigated and some have deemed, in their opinion, the reason for the rally as wrong and therefore believe I should be canceled because I exercised my Constitutional right to Assemble and Freedom of Speech. These attacks on me are attacks on all Americans, and our Constitutional rights. While some have been most-pointed in their Constitutionally-protected criticisms, I have also received hateful, vile, disgusting and sexist personal attacks.
“I assure those who oppose me, the rally or the President do not wish to be painted with the same broad brush as those nasty individuals who appeared to be on their side. Let’s all remember, hate has no home here. Regardless of those attacks, I will be continuing on this board to work with my colleagues, ensuring effective and efficient government and keeping Hunterdon County a great place to live.
“Tomorrow (Jan. 20, 2021) we will swear in a new President of the United States. Regardless of party affiliation, we must now all hope for the new administration to be a success for our nation. All reasonable people always wish for America to move forward into a better future. We must all come together as Americans united in the idea that we can have differences of opinion, but at the end of the day still be friends and neighbors.
“Let’s tone down the hate and division and instead, try to find ways to get along. We all need to be grateful for this beautiful country we live in.