A Gloucester County man who posted a rambling online manifesto announcing his campaign for New Jersey governorship has been charged with driving his car into a crowd at the Washington Monument.
US park police say they arrested Jack Joseph Dessin, 38, on charges of destroying government property and assault with a deadly weapon.
The Washington Post reported that the crash happened early Sunday evening as people gathered on the monument’s lawn to watch the July 4 fireworks display. No injuries were reported.
A video posted by witness Arsen Hoxha on Twitter shows the blue Ford Explorer leaning against a short concrete embankment near the monument.
Photos posted to Twitter by WUSA 9 reporter Lorenzo Hall show the SUV adorned with an American flag and advertisements for the Drawing website, where he himself publishes a book that appears to be a work of science – fiction.
Online records show Drawing is a longtime Gloucester County resident with ties to West Deptford, Woodbury and Sewell.
drawings website is difficult to analyze with its heavy use of emoji icons, non-standard fonts, and often inconsistent prose.
The site also includes its campaign platform for the governor.
“With the literal decay of our laws over the past few months, I think it’s time for New Jersey to move in an entirely ‘NEW RADICAL’ direction, leaving many of our old laws in our past in the FIRST 100. DAYS !!! ” it says.
Among many campaign issues, Cartoon is calling on New Jersey to “end the war on guns” and become an “open transportation sanctuary state.”
He also wants the government to provide every citizen with its own free website, forgive all non-violent offenders, schools create separate leagues for transgender students, and remove racial identification questions from all government documents.
Drawing, however, never succeeded in The November ballot.
New Jersey 101.5 was unsure on Monday if Drawing had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.
Sergio Bichao is the digital editor of New Jersey 101.5. Send them topical advice: Call 609-775-9793 or email [email protected]
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