A Republican congressional candidate from New Jersey says a bizarre video was illegally obtained was actually a game where he was portraying John Belushi playing Joe Cocker impersonating Prince.
Michael Blasi, a realtor who is challenging Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Manchester) in the 4th district GOP primary, said there was no homophobic intent to his characterization.
“I was having fun with friends in a private situation,” Blasi told the New Jersey Globe. “I don’t find anything wrong with it. I thought it was hysterically funny.”
A U.S. Army veteran and former law enforcement officer, Blasi said he was just having fun with his friends. He said the event occurred “a couple of years ago,” but did not recall exactly when.
Another attendee at the soiree “did an impression of Gene Simmons playing Barry Manilow,” Blasi said.
“You know, like the Saturday Night Live skit,” he said.
Blasi maintains the video, obtained by the NJ Globe, is being taken out of context and said that “the person who sent it is the bigger homophobe…these people have nothing better to do with their time.”
“This was never posted (online). Someone hacked someone’s phone,” said Blasi, who threatened to file a lawsuit against the person who shared the video. “I’m a very litigious person. I have several lawyers on staff.”
Blasi is one of five Republicans challenging Smith in the 4th district GOP primary.
Smith, a 21-term congressman, also faces conservative podcaster Mike Crispi, Englishtown Councilman Daniel Francisco, attorney Mike Burg, and perennial candidate Tricia Flanagan.