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Congressional Candidate Peter Jacob Holds Press Conference About Swastikas Painted on His Home

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Peter Jacob at the back of his home viewing the one of the areas that was spray-painted. Credits: TAPinto Union
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Township of Union Mayor Manuel Figueiredo addresses the media with Congressional candidate Peter Jacob. Credits: TAPinto Union
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Vandalism at the home of Congressional candidate Peter Jacob. Credits: TAPinto Union
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A press conference is held at the home of Peter Jacob, congressional candidate, to discuss vandalism to his home Credits: Tapinto Union
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A press conference is held at the home of congressional candidate Peter Jacob. Credits: TAPinto Union
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UNION, NJ – Peter Jacob, candidate for the 7th District Congressional seat running against Republican incumbent Leonard Lance, held a news conference in front of his Union home on Tuesday morning to discuss vandalism there.

Spray-painted swastikas were found at Jacob’s home over the weekend.  Jacob, an Indian-American, said “the rhetoric we are hearing nationally is trickling down locally.”

“My parents came here from India with $20 in their pocket,” said Jacob, who was raised in Union.  “They worked hard.  This is our community.  This nation has given us so much.  This is our town, our state.  We will not be intimidated.”

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On Saturday, Jacob reported the first incident of vandalism when sometime during Friday night or early Saturday morning, swastikas were painted in ink on the curb in front of his home and that of a neighbor.  The second incident occurred after midnight on Saturday when lawn signs were vandalized and swastikas were spray-painted on two walls in the back of the Jacob's home.

“Whether it’s a candidate for Congress or a citizen,” said Union Mayor Manuel Figueiredo, “we take this seriously.  Rest assured, when this person is arrested, they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.  We stand with Peter.  We stand with all our residents in the Township against any hate toward our residents.”

Major news outlets from the region, religious leaders from across the state and Union County Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen and Freeholder Mohamed Jalloh attended the news conference.    

“On behalf of the Freeholder Board,” said Bergen, “we absolutely reject this kind of heinous action here in Union County.  Union County celebrates diversity within our towns.”

Township of Union Police Director Daniel Zeiser said an active investigation is continuing.  He said this was an isolated incident and “we will get to the bottom of it.”

The Anti-Defamation League today strongly condemned the graffiti targeting Jacobs’ home. 

“The insertion of hatred into this political campaign is offensive to everyone and should be condemned by all,” said Joshua Cohen of the ADL. 

"I grew up in this town," said Jacob.  "We are not making this a political event."  

Jacob said a state-of-the art surveillance system has since been installed at his home.

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