The Star-Ledger is reporting that for a third straight year, the legendary Thomas Nast will not be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame after a few politicians and the Ancient Order of the Hibernians publicly objected to Nast’s anti-Irish and anti-Catholic views of his day.
The main reason Nast went after the Irish, Smith said, was that they were the main supporters of New York City’s Tammany Hall political machine. And he noted that it would be hard to argue that Nast hated the Irish for having spent 20 years in Morristown, sometimes known then as “Little Dublin.”
Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-Mercer), who protested the nomination, said he’s glad Nast is out. “I would think after three times … you should be excluded from it,” he said. “I don’t know what their policy is.”