New Jersey official apologizes for women's march post

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Posted: Jan 26, 2017 4:24 PM

MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey county government official apologized Thursday for posting online that he hoped women participating in last weekend's marches would be home in time to cook dinner.

Republican Atlantic County Freeholder John Carman said he was sorry in a Facebook post and that he was wrong to think his initial post was amusing.

"It is obvious to me that I have hurt many people, men and women with my insensitive post," Carman said. "For this, I am truly sorry. Believe me this was a lesson well learned."

Carman posted Saturday on Facebook about the global women's marches that protested sexism and Republican President Donald Trump.

Carman, who faces re-election this year, resisted earlier calls to apologize but said he was sorry after a freeholder meeting this week at which residents said they were offended. One resident attended a public meeting with Carman and held up a box macaroni and cheese and told Carman to "cook your own ... dinner."

The apology also came after other Republican officials urged him to say sorry.

Atlantic County Democratic Vice Chairwoman Mary Slomine said voters will remember the post on Election Day.

"While we are glad that Freeholder Carman finally apologized, let's not kid ourselves: He did this kicking and screaming," she said.