-- The Times of Trenton has a gallery of 24 photos HERE.
The focus was on Commander Jeff Schoep, described by the Times as the national director of the NSM. Here are quotes from his keynote address:
“Today we’ve come to speak to the people of New Jersey. Whether you agree with us or not, we’re going to ask you today to open your mind, your eyes, your ears, and listen to what we have to say...People wonder why we come to Trenton. Our American founding father won his first battle here in the Revolutionary War for our freedom...The National Socialist Movement is freedom fighters. We honor our founding fathers. We honor George Washington and we fight here today just as our forefathers did many years ago...The National Socialist Movement will restore order, restore discipline, bring back America to what it once was: a strong, proud and free country that can be emulated and looked up across the whole world."
NSM members were required to park their vehicles several miles from downtown Trenton before being transported to the site in state Department of Corrections buses. No violence came to pass during the rally itself, and NSM members filed onto the buses 90 minutes after their rally began and received a police escort to the hotel where they had held their conference. Police arrested three counter-protestors; one for breaking a window at a bank, another for a weapons offense, and a third for shooting off fireworks
But this display was tame compared to the reception NSM members got on Friday April 15th. While the NSM cadre were assembled at the unit block of Pemberton Street in Pemberton Borough, a caravan of 25 hooligans from the Anti-Racist Action Network drove up loaded for bear. Their intent was to physically attack NSM members. An armed melee ensued, with combatants fighting using knives, pipes and boards of wood. All but two of the ARA combatants scattered like rats when troopers arrived. State police arrested Joseph W. Alcoff, 29, of Syracuse, N.Y., and Thomas T. Keenan, 25, of Franklin Township, and charged them both with third-degree inciting a riot. Both were transferred to the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly in lieu of $50,000 bail each. Later, the ARA claimed they shut down the NSM gathering, but this was false; the NSM Chief of Staff posted this account on Stormfront:
The ARA decided to try and interrupt our National meeting last night [Apr. 15]. They came with big sticks, bricks, wrenches, hammers and pepper spray; after about a 10 to 15 minute worthless attack they all ran away like the cowards they are. They seemed to attack some innocent bystanders and people that were just trying to get through the town. The town was shut down for a while as the police tried to figure everything out. The NSM continued to have our banquet, dinner and the rest of our event.
We also have a video from this other Stormfront thread:
Here's a second video from a different angle:
Four NSM members suffered undisclosed injuries as a result of the fight and were transported to local hospitals. Two were treated and released from Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Pemberton Township. The other two were being treated at Virtua Mount Holly.
The NSM also planned to hold an After-Rally Event on April 16th featuring a live concert with RAC Legends "Empire Falls" and a talented new Punk/Oi group from Iowa, "Zyklon B". Look for an official after-action report on the NSM website within the next few days.