Bob Hugin’s campaign said Wednesday afternoon that the candidate has had a private discussion with his drive about the use of force following an incident in which the latter shoved a tracker from U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez’s campaign as Hugin was arriving at an event on Tuesday.
“It’s not appropriate for anybody to put his or her hands on anyone else unless it’s in self defense,” Hugin said.
During a press scrum earlier on Wednesday, Hugin was asked about the incident, which lasted roughly 10 seconds and was recorded and uploaded online. He said then that he had only witnessed part of the scene and would take appropriate measures once he was fully appraised of the situation.
The exact content of the conversation between Hugin and his driver, retired New Jersey State Police Lt. John Beyers, is unclear.