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Mayor John Labrosse and Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino
Mayor John Labrosse and Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino Photo Credit: COURTESY: Mayor John Labrosse and Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Hackensack’s Republican mayor and deputy mayor said Thursday that Donald Trump's "racially charged statements" forced them to become independents.

Mayor John Labrosse and Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino -- both of whom were elected on a 2013 reform ticket -- said they filed change-of-party registration forms with the Bergen County Board of Elections on Thursday and officially became Independents.

“Hackensack is a very diverse city and we respect all of our residents regardless of their race or heritage," they said in a joint statement.

"The divisive and racist statements that Trump keeps making are insulting to many of our people and completely unacceptable.," Labosse and Canestrino added. "We don’t want a young student in one of our schools hearing these things and believing that their own elected officials are supporting these types of statements.

“We are driving politics out of city government and delivering strong financial management that puts taxpayers first at all times. We are at the early stages of a renaissance that will make Hackensack one of New Jersey’s most desirable small cities," they added. "We don’t want partisanship to interfere with our great city’s exciting future.”

Neither plans on making any personal endorsements in the presidential election, they said through a spokesman.

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