Federal investigation opened after city votes down mosque

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Posted: May 31, 2017 11:54 AM

BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) — Federal law enforcement officials are investigating a New Jersey city that told a Muslim group it couldn't build a mosque.

A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in New Jersey confirmed that it is investigating after Bayonne rejected the mosque's application.

The Bayonne Muslims filed a federal lawsuit against the city and its zoning board last week arguing that they were turned down following an onslaught of bigotry.

The zoning board voted 4-3 in favor of the mosque proposal in March, but it needed a minimum of five votes to pass. The city's lawyers have declined to comment.

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