August 8th, 2012
05:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney swarmed by Jersey wedding party

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's motorcade got a warm welcome Wednesday from a Jewish wedding party in New Jersey.

As the presumptive GOP nominee pulled up to the site of his fund-raising event in Lakewood Township, a family posing outside for photos abandoned the bride and groom and darted for Romney's car in the parking lot, cameras in hand.

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Romney's SUV pulled around a corner to a back entrance, with at least 10 members of the wedding party following the car. According to pool reports, several were halted by a wood fence, which one man tried to scale.

Intervening, Secret Service agents also stopped the chasing wedding party.

"Oh you're Secret Service," one woman said, as she was asked by an agent to move back. "We just want to see Romney."

The campaign told reporters that Romney would take a photo with the bride and groom while at the site.

Update: A pool reporter spoke with Lisa Ben-Haim, the mother of the groom, who clarified that the individuals chasing the motorcade on Wednesday were not involved in the wedding but had been standing near the wedding party outside. The mother did not know the individuals but guessed they were trying to catch a glimpse of Romney.

The candidate stopped to take photos with the group after the fund-raising event, Ben-Haim confirmed.

"He came in and really gave all of his attention to my son and my now-daughter-in-law," she said.

She added that Romney lingered with the wedding party longer than expected, as the campaign originally said he only had time for two photos.

"We ended up taking many more, and we took videos," she said. "He was very gracious. And we were all telling him we were happy that he came to our wedding because we are all very strong staunch supporters of his."


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Jersey
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. cali girl

    Certainly the pictures the family took will be able to tell their grandchildren that "this is the man who ran for President but didn't win because he was known as the King of Flip Flopping"

    August 8, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. Are you kidding me?

    Total joke.

    August 8, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. myviewis

    Oh no people do like Romney, I can see angry Democrats spinning this one out of control.

    August 8, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    "We just want to see Romney."

    And we just want to see his tax returns for the last 10 years so which one will I die waiting for?

    August 8, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. DRAKE MALLARD

    jew vote again robmr nice try.

    President Shimon Peres and the Minister of Defense Ehud Barack were telling CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in separate interviews which aired Monday, July 30, 2012, that no other

    President has had as close a tie with Israel as President Obama currently has with regards to security.

    Barack: Under President Obama, he is doing in regards to help our security more than anyone I can remember in my life.

    Blitzer: More than any other Presidents like, LBJ, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush?

    Barack: Yes, in terms of the support for our security, the
    cooperation of our intelligence, sharing of sorts in a very open way,
    even when there are differences.

    Peres: When I look at the record of President Obama concerning the
    major issue of security, I think it’s a highly satisfactory record from
    an Israeli point of view.

    And Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has echoed these same remarks in past interviews on CNN.

    August 8, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. nitro

    Prove that they were chasing you to take pictures liar.

    August 8, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  7. CryBabies

    Are You Kidding Me....???? Clue me, whats the :Total joke"? I need a laugh.

    August 8, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. CryBabies

    Woman in California...Does it Matter??? Whaaaaaaaa!

    August 8, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. California Gary

    Ten people chasing after him to get a picture.....and that's news? Actually I guess it is......I wouldn't have thought that many people in the entire country would want a picture like that.........wow.........he has a fan base of ten whole people. Impressive!

    August 8, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. Romney is not My Hero

    This was in New Jersey... Are they sure those were cameras in the people's hands?

    August 8, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Obviously they were all VERY excited to get their picture taken with the next President of the United States.

    August 8, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    At the Harley Davidson store in Fort Myers, the Budweiser Clydesdales also drew a huge crowd, and at this point, they appear to be more presidential than Mittens.

    August 8, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  13. Don in Albuquerque

    And Mitts lies just keep on coming.

    August 8, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  14. Woman In California

    Aww now, a feel good story about Willard. Maybe now his gullible, small base of supporters will stop crying about CNNs coverage. One can only hope.

    August 8, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  15. SafeJourney

    Romney has already lost. look at the polls. Like romney said, he cant win without the majority of the American women and American latino vote. again look at the polls

    August 8, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    How DEEP underground will Robmey have to go after November 6th in order to ensure that his head is COMPLETELY covered by dirt?

    August 8, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Come on now, even Charles Manson had fans.

    August 8, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  18. Al-NY,NY

    I bet the bride and groom were REAL happy that Flip interrupted their day. BTW, Flip's only comment was "I like matzo"

    August 8, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  19. Marie MD

    How much were they paid?
    Did you talk to them about your new word "kibbutz" or did you remember "chutzpah" from that MN flake. You might want to try this one next time you want to pretend you know so much, karguer" and tell them you talking about yourself!

    August 8, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  20. T'sah From Virginia

    LMAO – What a staged performance!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    August 8, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  21. pkbkr

    They obviously were rich and now famous.....like Mittens other "friends." Obama/Biden

    August 8, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The looneys of the state... Must be Crispie's supporters. I mean Christie's supporters.

    August 8, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  23. jeff

    The wedding party was likely afraid Bain Capitol would buy their employers and lay them off if they didn't suck up to Romney.

    August 9, 2012 01:23 am at 1:23 am |