East Brunswick Mayor Brad Cohen defended Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) after she railed against an anti-Semitic email masquerading as having been sent by the congresswoman’s campaign.
“As a sitting Mayor in East Brunswick (part of the Congressional 12th District) and a member of AIPAC, I can say that any statement, attack, or characterization of the Congresswoman as Anti-Semitic is completely without merit and personally insulting,” Cohen said. “This seems to be the tactic of her primary challenger.”
The fake email included quotes from three officials who softly criticized Watson Coleman for a no vote on a non-binding resolution condemning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement that the congresswoman voted against last July. The congresswoman said she voted against the resolution over first amendment concerns
Cohen was one of the three officials quoted.
“On the issue of Israel, be assured that Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman wants nothing more than to see peace come to a region of the world that has become defined by conflict,” Cohen said Wednesday. “I know that she has been a strong advocate for the strategic partnership between The United States and the State of Israel.”
Watson Coleman faces a primary challenge from perennial candidate Lisa McCormick.
Similarly deceptive emails were sent during McCormick’s campaigns for U.S. Senate in 2018, Union County surrogate in 2019 and governor in 2017.