Mitt Romney’s Motorcade Chased by Orthodox Jews in Sunny Lakewood, NJ

The guy who displayed his American exceptionalism in his shorts, waving a flag, shouting Whooooo! The kids teetering on their tiptoes on their school bus seats to take a gander. The Orthodox Jewish wedding family that abandoned the bride & groom to rush Romney, scaling a fence to try to do it. Sounds like a wild day in the crimson communities of New Jersey for our man Mitt, whose motorcade was – AHEM – speeding today on both the NJ Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway.


Pool reporter Holly Bailey of Yahoo News, filed this:

Romney arrived at Lake Terrace, the site of his fundraiser tonight, at roughly 3:35 pm, after what your pooler can only describe as a harrowing high-speed motorcade from Newark airport to Lakewood NJ. Hitting speeds of up to 90 mph at times, the motorcade made what had been scheduled as a 61-minute drive in roughly 45 minutes on a route that took us along the Jersey Turnpike to the Garden State Parkway and prompted your pooler to wonder many times if she would live to cover Romney’s remarks at the fundraiser tonight. The motorcade was escorted by unmarked police SUVs which at times flashed their lights. At one point, we passed a school bus where several little kids could been seen standing on their seats to get a glimpse of the motorcade.

Upon arrival in Lakewood, some unusual things happened. First, the motorcade passed a man dressed in American flag shorts running down the street toward the venue here while waving an American flag. “Whooooo!” he exclaimed, as your pooler’s van passed. Then, as we turned into Lake Terrace, the motorcade drove past an Orthodox Jewish wedding party that had been posing for pictures outside. Immediately, the family abandoned the bride and groom and began chasing Romney’s car in the parking lot, waving cameras. The candidate’s SUV drove around a corner to a back entrance, followed by at least 10 members of the wedding party who tried to run up to Romney’s car by were halted first, by a wood fence, which one man tried to scale, and then by Secret Service agents, who did not look pleased. “Oh you’re Secret Service,” one woman said, as she was asked by an agent to move back. “We just want to see Romney.”

Turns out, the wedding party will get a snapshot with Romney after all. We probably won’t get to see that, but here are some more pictures of literally the only people I’ve ever seen ever get excited about Mitt Romney.

Photos are by Charles Dharapak / AP.

Comments (3)

  1. Hopeful

    …has shown in the Corzine and the Death Race stories that it doesn’t appreciate the police endangering everyone on the Turnpike with reckless driving. I thought the state police had said these things were wrong. Speeding past school buses at up to 90 mph?  

  2. Couch Potato Politics

    He isn’t the President, he hasn’t even been named, officially, the OP nominee at the convention, he isn’t even a sitting governor.

    He is nothing more than a “private citizen” who’s friends with Chris Christie so why does he get to ignore public safety laws? Why does he get a special state police escort to go collect more money from NJ donors?

    Who is paying for the time these police officers were acting as parade displays and not doing their real jobs?


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