Just minutes into last night’s gubernatorial debate at Montclair State, a loud heckler brought everything to halt. Several awkward moments passed before security got to the woman and escorted her from the hall.
Though the heckling incident — and a second one a little later — were dutifully reported on Twitter, most of the press went back to covering the volleys between Christie and Buono. But a freshman reporter on his first news assignment for 90.3 WMSC, the student station of Montclair State, followed the heckler, stopped her and called back to the station, which was covering the debate live.
It turned out to be Diane Sare, herself a third-party candidate for governor (and self-described political organizer for Lyndon LaRouche), running under the banner of the “Glass Steagall Now” party. ”What I wanted to get across is that we’re here in the worst government crisis ever, under President Barack Obama. He really orchestrated this thing,” Sare told WMSC. “Governor Christie loves Barack Obama. They agree on almost everything of substance. And I think Christie should get absolutely nowhere near the White House and people should know that he is a total clone of Bush and Obama.”
Nick Marchese is the freshman who snagged Sare, and handed the interview off to WMSC news anchor Kaitlyn Schoeffel in the studio.
A second heckler and Diane Sare supporter, shown here in a Twitter photo, was also ejected. Debate photo by Mike Peters for Montclair State.