TRENTON – Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono today commended the work of Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan and police in both Highland Park and New Brunswick on the apprehension of the man believed to be behind a string of recent acts of anti-Semitic vandalism.
Buono (D-Middlesex) released the following statement:
“It is appalling that even in this day there remains such ignorance that would lead an individual to seek to intimidate others merely because of their religious beliefs. The vandalism of Jewish-owned businesses and houses is a stark reminder that our fight against ignorance, hate and prejudice is never over.
“I commend Prosecutor Kaplan and the police in both Highland Park and New Brunswick for their diligent work on this case, and for apprehending the man believed behind this senseless vandalism. He must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
“As despicable as these acts are, the way our communities are responding to these acts of vandalism is even more admirable. Where one man may have sought to tear our society apart, others are using these acts to bring us closer together and strengthen the bonds of understanding and fellowship. And, in this season, it is proof that there exists tremendous goodwill among people of all faiths.”
In recent days, the man is accused of smashing windows of Jewish-owned and Jewish-themed businesses in Highland Park, as well as the Chabad and Rutgers Hillel houses on College Avenue in New Brunswick.