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New Jersey city that denied mosque now votes to approve it

AP  |  Bayonne 

A New Jersey city has finally given approval to a US Muslim group's bid to build a mosque.

The Bayonne zoning board approved the project on Monday, ending a saga that started last summer when they initially turned down the project.

That vote spurred a federal lawsuit by the Bayonne Muslims, who claimed they were turned down following an onslaught of bigotry. Federal law enforcement officials then announced they were investigating the city's decision.

A settlement announced in January called for Bayonne to pay the group $400,000 and have the project go before the zoning board for another vote.

City officials noted that a lengthy legal battle could have cost Bayonne millions of dollars.

Mosque opponents have cited parking and traffic issues as their main concerns.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 18:20 IST