TRENTON, NJ (WCBS 880) – His cartoons famously depicted Santa Claus and Uncle Sam, but there’s a move afoot to keep Thomas Nast out of the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell On The Story

Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo of Mercer County says some of Nast’s cartoons were demeaning and demoralizing to Irish-Americans.

He wants Nast’s name removed from nomination for the hall.

“I’m not saying take down his artwork. I’m saying that I don’t support this individual,” DeAngelo told WCBS 880 reporter Peter Haskell.

Supporters of Nast say the 19th century works were really targeting Tammany Hall specifically and not Irish-Americans in general.

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