State Sen. Vin Gopal (D-Branch) has accused a supporter of Democratic congressional candidate Jim Keady of secretly recording a meeting they had last night to discuss the Monmouth organization endorsement process.
Gopal said in an e-mail to party leaders today that he and Monmouth County Democratic Chairman David Brown met with representatives of the Keady campaign, who requested a sit-down to discuss the recent convention process.
“As Democrats, we want everyone to feel included in the process and our goal is to defeat Republicans in November so we of course welcomed the meeting,” Gopal said.
According to Gopal, Jennifer Fluharty of Manalapan, “secretly recorded the entire meeting until we caught her at the end and called her out in the room.”
“This type of sneakiness and underhandedness is something I would expect to see from Trump supporters or the far-right, not someone who claims they are acting in good faith to build the Democratic Party,” said Gopal.
Gopal said the purpose of his e-mail was to let party leaders know about Fluharty’s tactics.
“I want to make you all aware of this in case you meet with her in the future, she may be recording you as she recorded David and I,” said Gopal.
Fluharty did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Keady, a former Asbury Park councilman, lost the Monmouth Democratic convention to former U.S. Navy officer Josh Welle. Welle has all three organization lines in the Democratic primary for Congress in New Jersey’s 4th district, where 19-term Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton) is seeking re-election.