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Veteran's criticism leads N.J. town to withdraw Memorial Day invite

Apr. 25, 2013 - 09:47AM   |  
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TEANECK, N.J. — A northern New Jersey town has rescinded an invitation to speak at a Memorial Day ceremony to an Iraq war veteran who has criticized the town council.

Jason Castle said he was disappointed the invitation was withdrawn after Teaneck Township Manager William Broughton contacted the Teaneck Patriotic Observances Committee. Castle served in the Marine Corps and chairs an opposition group affiliated with a former councilwoman.

Broughton was unapologetic about his decision at Tuesday’s council meeting, according to The Record of Woodland Park.

Broughton said while he appreciates Castle’s service, he believed Castle would not be an appropriate speaker because of his criticism of the council.

The council overwhelmingly rejected a vote to extend a second invitation.

Castle said he had no intention of speaking about politics during next month’s event.

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