Kevin Tober, a 23 year old Republican operative from Brick and a graduate of Brookdale Community College, was accosted at a Murphy for Governor Town Hall meeting in Hamilton Square on Wednesday evening. The incident was captured on a facebook live video and posted to YouTube by SaveJersey.com
Tober attended the event dressed as a gas pump. He was at the event as a “tracker” videoing Phil Murphy, the former German Ambassador who is the Democrat nominee for NJ governor.
Monmouth University pollster Patrick Murray was in attendance and posted photos of “Gas Tax Man” on twitter.
Tracking, the practice of a political opponent’s staffer or volunteer videoing a candidate, has been a common since the early days of the 2008 presidential campaign. Former Virginia Senator George Allen’s career imploded when he referred to a tracker named S.R. Sidarth as “macaca” during a 2006 campaign appearance. Allen was considered a front runner for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination prior to the macaca video going viral.
Trackers disguising themselves as gas pumps is a new trend.
Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs banker in addition to being President Obama’s first ambassador to Germany, has compared President Trump and his supporters to Nazis. Yet it is his campaign that employs gestapo tactics.
Woodcliff Lake Mayor Carlos Rendo, a Cuban immigrant and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno’s running mate on the GOP gubernatorial ticket, compared the Murphy campaign to Fidel Castro’s secret police, the Committee for the Defense of the Revolution, according to a SaveJersey update.
“Is this how the Murphy campaign operates? Reminds me of the Cuban Committees for the defense of the Revolution,” Rendo declared to his Facebook following. “Stifling dissent, using violence against those that have a different opinion. This young man was simply taking a video of the event. I guess the Murphy campaign doesn’t want people to hear his plan to raise taxes by 1.3 billion and his proposal to make New Jersey a Sanctuary State.”