SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Several hundred trucks -- but nowhere near the 700-1,000 anticipated -- rolled through several Union County towns, including Fanwood and Scotch Plains on Saturday showing their support for President Trump.
The motorcade was led by a police escort (to keep the parade moving) and featured trucks, cars and motorcycles with flags, sometimes with vulgar messages, supporting the president and the Second Amendment and sometimes ridiculing Democrat Joe Biden.
Participants in the truck caravan came from across the area, but Fanwood and Scotch Plains residents came out to view the spectacle. The event elicited passion from supporters of the Republican ticket and dissenters who expressed their dissatisfaction with the president. Crowds paled in comparison to the annual Memorial Day Parade, which goes along Park Ave. in Scotch Plains and Martine Ave. in Fanwood.
Kara Lagano of Scotch Plains stood on the corner of Park Ave. and East Second St. carrying a sign that said "Ruth sent me. I dissent."
"I came out because it's important for me to express my right to dissent," Lagano said. "I'm here to make sure our freedoms remain."
Ashley Tufuga, a veteran who served in the navy and now helps veterans transition to college at Kean University.
"Clearly Scotch Plains isn't racist and sexist. It's not like that. My family has been here 70 years.]," Tufuga said. "A few bad apples spoil the bunch."
Local supporter were on hand, as well.
"Trump 2020 I love it. Four more years," said Erin Ridge of Scotch Plains.
Her friend, Nanci McGuire, felt the parade was a success.
"It goes to show you how many Trump supporters there are. You can't go by just the (lawn) signs," said Nanci McGuire, also of Scotch Plains.
Election Day is a little more than a week away on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.