A Gloucester County man who published a sprawling online manifest announcing his campaign for governor of New Jersey was charged with driving his car into a crowd at the Washington Monument.
US park police said they had arrested Jack Joseph Dessin, 38, on charges of destruction of government property and attack with a lethal weapon.
The Washington Post reported that the crash occurred early Sunday evening as people gathered on the monument’s lawn to watch the July 4th fireworks display. No injuries were reported.
A video posted on Twitter by the witness Arsen Hoxha shows the blue Ford Explorer resting on a short concrete dam near the monument.
Photos published by WUSA 9 reporter Lorenzo Hall on Twitter show the SUV with an American flag and advertising for Dessin’s website where he publishes a book that looks like a science fiction work.
Online records show that Dessin has long lived in Gloucester County and has ties to West Deptford, Woodbury and Sewell.
Dessin’s website is difficult to analyze due to the use of lots of emoji symbols, non-standard fonts, and often incoherent prose.
The website also contains his campaign platform for the governor.
âWith our laws literally falling apart in the last few months, I believe it is time for New Jersey to move in an entirely ‘NEW RADICAL’ direction and keep many of our old laws in our past within the FIRST 100 DAYS! !! ” it says.
In addition to many election campaign issues, Dessin calls on New Jersey to “end the war on weapons” and to become an “open state of protection for the carrying of weapons”.
He also wants the government to give each citizen their own free website, pardon all nonviolent offenders, create schools separate leagues for transgender students, and remove racial identification issues from all government documents.
However, Dessin never made it to the vote in November.
New Jersey 101.5 didn’t know on Monday whether Dessin had a lawyer who could speak for him.
Sergio Bichao is the digital editor-in-chief of New Jersey 101.5. Send him message tips: call 609-775-9793 or email [email protected].
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