Cape May County authorities say they’re investigating a hate crime in which a woman was caught on camera hanging stuffed animals with nooses above a campaign sign for a Black Congressional candidate on Election Day.
Police and prosecutors in Cape May County said a blonde-haired woman was seen on surveillance video in Middle Township hanging three stuffed dolls with nooses from tree branches above a sign for Tim Alexander, a Black candidate who ran against incumbent Jeff Van Drew to represent New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District in the House of Representatives.
“It was sickening. It really was. It was really disgusting,” Alexander told NBC10.
Middle Township police are looking to identify the woman and the car seen in the video. They believe it’s a late model, dark-colored sedan, possibly a Buick.
“It really spoke to what I have been talking about on the campaign trail,” Alexander said. “And that is that we have too much division. We have too much tribalism. We have this sense of us against them.”
Middle Township Mayor Tim Donohue called the act a “potential hate crime” with possible charges to be prosecuted “to the fullest extent of the law” in a post on Facebook.
“This is not who we are in Middle Township,” Donohue wrote. “We stand united against all forms of racism, hate, threats and intimidation. If this investigation proves charges are warranted, the perpetrator(s) will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Alexander spoke to NBC10 about what he would say if he met the person responsible for the hate crime.
“Why? Why? You could have found me anywhere on the campaign trail,” Alexander said. “You could’ve easily come up to me and said, ‘Here are my concerns.’ But instead you wanted to send out this hateful, historically hateful, historically intimidating statement by doing these actions.”
Authorities in Cape May County encouraged anyone with information to contact the prosecutor’s office at 609-465-1135, the MTPD at 609-465-8700, or information can be submitted anonymously by visiting cmcpo.tips. or cmcsheriff.net.