Passaic County freeholder calls Paterson mayor ‘slimy coward’ on Facebook | Paterson Times

Passaic County freeholder calls Paterson mayor ‘slimy coward’ on Facebook


Passaic County freeholder Theodore “TJ” Best called mayor Andre Sayegh a “slimy coward” and a “punk” who is “out of touch” with the plight of residents in a Facebook post on Thursday night after the mayor made comments about his handling of the coronavirus pandemic on national television.

In his interview with Chris Hayes on MSNBC, Sayegh states the city managed to control the spread of the new coronavirus using the Paterson Strike Team by conducting aggressive contact tracing.

The city’s data officer projected Paterson would have 8,000 positive cases by April 15, but the city had 2,500 cases by that date, says the mayor in the interview. A Paterson Times news story from April 15 shows Paterson had 2,228 verified infections and 61 deaths.

“It could have been far worse,” said Sayegh.

“Did he really just say Paterson only has 2,500 positive cases of Covid19? Last time I checked it was 6,000 confirmed with an estimated true number of 15,000 using most models,” Best (pictured) wrote on his Facebook page.

Sayegh wanted Best to take down the post, according to sources. But the freeholder refused.

Best put up a scathing second post.

“Correction, the mayor of the city of Paterson Andre Sayegh is a self serving, credit seeking slimy coward. Because we are facing a pandemic I’ve tried my best to not be too critical or let my personal feelings get involved,” wrote Best in the post. “The truth is Andre Sayegh is a punk, he will do or say anything to serve himself. He is out of touch with the reality of City residents and if he has a problem with anything I said I gave him my address he can come see me or we can meet anywhere he likes.”

Sayegh and Best have had a strained relationship over the years.

Best, who resides in Paterson, has been critical of the mayor’s handling of the pandemic over the past weeks. For example, Best pointed out there was little social distancing going on in the city of 150,000 people, suggesting the mayor has been failing to enforce the governor’s stay-at-home order.

Others have also criticized the mayor’s handling of the pandemic. Just about every week City Council members have slammed the mayor for his handling of the pandemic. Many attacked him for his failure to set up coronavirus testing sites in March and April. He managed to get testing going in May, but those efforts were badly bungled. Last weekend, half of the mayor’s testing sites closed because of problems with a firm his administration hired to run them.

Sayegh has been attempting to change the narrative through a series of social media videos, opinion pieces, and media appearances.

Only exception to the widely viewed poor response has been the Paterson Strike Team. The mayor credited the team in the MSNBC interview for reducing the spread of the virus.

Sayegh was brought on the television show to discuss the success of the Paterson Strike Team. Paterson’s contact tracing team has been touted as a national model for other cities.

Number of new daily cases in Paterson has dropped since the start of May. On Thursday, Paterson had 50 new cases. In total the city has 6,087 infections with 307 deaths.

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  • MarquinhoGaucho

    Wasnt Best the Antibullying person for Paterson Schools? Great example. Best is a career shmooozer who leeches off the tax payers in a variety of government jobs , triple dipping the pension. With New Jersey's impending budget crisis, we need to ask our selves, why do we even need Freeholders and county government? A county board of ed? make county parks the responsibliity of the town(s) they are in, make county roads the responsibility of the the towns they run through, Why do we need county courts? A county jail yes,

  • Paterson Pulse Paterson Pulse

    What the hell are you apologizing for TJ!? for caring about Paterson and watching the manipulations and lies. Watching your friends die!?

    "I will not sit by idly and watch someone play politics with the lives of people in my community."

    This is all you needed to say in your "apology."

    Whoever faults you in your response are the real cowards and the reason Paterson is they way it is.

    You were right the first time, he is a “slimy coward” and a “punk” who is “out of touch” with the plight of residents."

    I would have used harsher words because I fought for that city for 13 years and still fighting for them to open up their eyes to this liar and fraud.

    But one day when the history of Paterson is written 50 years from now, people would see who how corrupt and crocked this mayor is and hopefully they would get rid for him before his lies totally destroyed Paterson.

    You did right by speaking up, add Jameek Lowery to the conversation, how the barricade her from city hall for also calling him out for the death off her son.

    Fight and keep fighting, you'll have a better history for that, than for caving to low minded people who wants you to bow this fool.

    Perhaps the best thing you can do is run for mayor and gut him out as they did his mouthpiece McKoy

  • https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/YXNpZADpBWEY2Qm0zTkVhRW1ENjFEOVVlNGlQVGVFMGlJRkRNVjY1YjR3UGNqQ1BsSlFWaHI5bE1pLTQ3QWNCdE1ieUY5UDgwck1PbTBvRVFISTR4WncwMFJaOWlwTUVidWp5SW5YbkpfQXQ1T2dSYwZDZD/ Samuel Torres

    TJ you show a lot of courage in telling it like it is. Everyone in Paterson has their life in danger. Testing facilities were late. One of the sites lost the samples. You don't know who has or don't have the virus.

    • http://www.Newjerseypulse.com New Jersey Pulse News Opinions

      TJ was right, to bad he was pressured by the powers that be to retract.

  • http://www.Newjerseypulse.com New Jersey Pulse News Opinions

    You must be out of you fricking mind, Paterson go better.
    I don't even know how to respond to your comment. But the community only have to look at the number to see for themself.
    And trust me I have the "balls" to tell that fools "punk" to his face how I feel about him, especially when we met in federal court with the Federal Case I sued him for corruption on. So you need to step aside, because me and him aren't over yet.

  • Ali Erikenoglu

    I don't appreciate the tone. There is a general lack of professionalism in the negative comments. Mayor Andre is doing an adequate job in office, no more no less, in my view. However, like many other politicians, the mayor seeks undue publicity…with the multiple daily phone calls landing in our phones and advertising trucks with large LED screens blaring his voice all over town. There's something Orwellian about this. At any rate, my condolences to the families that were affected by the virus. May we see better days ahead.

  • http://www.Newjerseypulse.com New Jersey Pulse News Opinions

    Every evil has its followers and mouth pieces and this is how you Id' them. The crawl out of the gutter to launch a defense. Paterson is smarter than that Mr. Sayegh. With your fake profile. I know all you dirty tricks and moves, and eventually you'll get caught because they fight for Paterson is bigger than you.
    Living in a city so you say, does not mean you greedy people have the best interest of the city and that's what I'm sent.
    See you in Federal Court soon and bring you check book because this time you won't be able to pass it on to taxpayers.