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Swastikas, Anti-Semitic Graffiti Painted On Home Of NJ Congressman’s Supporter

September 23, 2018 - 1:44 pm

HAMPTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- Swastikas, anti-Semitic slurs and profanity were sprayed on a sign for Congressman Josh Gottheimer and on the home one of his supporters in New Jersey early Saturday morning.

The homeowner in Hampton Township had displayed the sign to show support for the congressman.

Gottheimer, who is a Democrat and is Jewish, is currently running for re-election.

Early Saturday, the sign, was defaced with anti-Semitic and racist remarks written in black spray paint.

Additionally, the home was vandalized with a large swastika painted on the garage door. A street signs and “for sale” sign on an adjacent property were also marked.

“What they spray painted on with the swastikas was also ‘Vote MAGA,’ you know, make America great again,” Gottheimer said.

The Democrat told WCBS 880 that he has since spoken with the family that lives in the home.

“The wife calls me and said, ‘I want another sign back up later, can you make it happen?’ And I think that’s the best way, you don’t let anybody intimidate you, we live in the greatest country in the world,” Gottheimer said.

He added that the crime is “the opposite of what makes our country great.”

Gottheimer’s opponent, John McCann, called anti-Semitic actions “abhorrent” and blamed Democratic leaders for spreading messages of hate.

This was the second time that the Gottheimer sign was defaced. When the sign was first put up, someone had kicked it down.