Painted swastikas found at congressional candidate Peter Jacob's home

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Toni Yates reports. (

Authorities are investigating two reports of spray-painted swastikas being found at the New Jersey home of a congressional candidate.

Indian-American Democrat Peter Jacob said the two bright orange swastikas were found outside his family's Union home on Friday and Monday.

"I believe hate subtracts, but love multiplies," he said. "And that's evident by the fact that we have had so many people come out today."

Jacob, who was born and raised in the area and is a Christian, is seeking the 7th District House seat held by Republican Leonard Lance. The Lance campaign has condemned the incidents and said the display of symbols like the swastika is "abhorrent."

Jacob said his family has lived at the home for six years without incident, and he blames the vandalism on the "ever increasing atmosphere of accepted racism" in the country.

"People have asked, 'Are you scared, do you feel any anxiety, are you worried,'" he said. "And I always respond to them, this nation has given us so much, there is nothing but love and hope in our hearts because this is our town, this is our community, this is our state. And we will not be intimidated."

Civil rights and religious leaders joined Jacob to denounce the message of hate.

"I'm so moved that members of the community are brought together today to stand up, to say no to hate, to reject this type of bias and bigotry in our community," the Anti-Defamation League's Joshua Cohen said. "We have a lot of work to do if we're going to enable our communities to be free of racism, prejudice and bigotry, but I do believe we are up for the challenge."

Authorities say they plan to increase police patrols in the area.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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