Ocean County, NJ – The New Jersey State Police are looking to identify that drivers of vehicles in the pro-Trump flag-waving caravan that shut down the Garden State Parkway on Sunday.
The parade of cars – many of whom bore “Jews for Trump” campaign signs – began in Westchester, NY and wound its way south, causing massive traffic problems along the way, the Union Daily Voice reported.
In New York, hundreds of vehicles bearing Trump flags shut down the recently-renamed Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge – better known as the Tappan Zee Bridge – over the Hudson River in what was both a shout of support for President Trump and a political message to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo about shutting down the state of New York.
The current governor is the late Mario Cuomo’s son.
Love it! Tappan Zee Bridge forever! https://t.co/fJH1Clb9p1
— Brittney O'Toole (@brittles0592) November 2, 2020
— Tina40 (@RealTina40) November 1, 2020
Shortly thereafter, the same Trump convoy shut down traffic in New Jersey, too, for almost five miles on the Garden State Parkway, the Union Daily Voice reported.
New Jersey law enforcement was not pleased with the development although no arrests were made.
“There’s plenty of ways for people to make their voices heard, but when they endanger the lives of those out there traveling our highways and byways, there’s really no excuse for it,” New Jersey State Police Colonel Pat Callahan said. “And it gave us great cause for concern.”
— The Lakewood Scoop (@LakewoodScoop) November 1, 2020
Col. Callahan said that troopers didn’t issue any traffic citations during the parade because it would have caused even more traffic problems, the Union Daily Voice reported.
“The troopers’ primary objective was to get traffic moving again,” the state police colonel said. “I was glad to see that troopers on the ground took quick action and cleaned up that situation as quickly and safely as possible.”
He called the pro-Trump convoy “silly and dangerous… with a lot more weight on the dangerous side,” according to the Union Daily Voice.
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“What happened yesterday put other innocent people who weren’t part of it in harm’s way,” Col. Callahan said. “Folks are welcome to protest, folks have done a really good job… they didn’t suck in other folks who weren’t part of it.”
But videos filmed by participants in the convoy showed that despite what the colonel said about not issuing citations, the New Jersey State Police were present and did intervene in the Trump vehicle caravan.
New Jersey Police are blocking Trump supporters from getting on the Garden State Parkway Highway for the nationwide Trump Train Parades — looney left falsely claiming Trump supporters blocking people from voting, when in reality the NJ Government is creating absolute chaos… https://t.co/8UINMnivAH
— NetworkinVegas.com (@Networkinvegas) November 1, 2020
And social media exploded with rants about the hypocrisy of law enforcement officers being told to shut down the Trump caravans after they’ve been ordered to stand back and let rioters loot and burn American cities for months.
Sounds about right …USA new version of what we’ve seen before pic.twitter.com/LXbRqQIwSe
— JuneBee (@JuneBeeme) November 2, 2020
At the same time, Biden fans tried to draw the police’s attention to individual that were participating in the parade.
Dear State Troopers of the @NJSP:
The people in this photograph confess to being part of the #CaravanOfMAGAts that stopped and blocked traffic on the express lanes of the Garden State Parkway today. https://t.co/EqeoU5QBpc
— True Blue Liberal – #BidenHarris2020 (@TrueBlueLiberal) November 1, 2020
Col. Callahan said that those who were at the front of the convoy could be issued summonses for obstructing traffic, Politico reported.
New York State Police have not indicated whether they will be investigating and attempting to charge those involved in the New York portions of the Trump convoy.