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O’Keefe video appears to show New Jersey union official describing voter fraud

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A new video by conservative activist James O’Keefe appears to show a New Jersey union official describing voter fraud during a Jersey City mayor’s race several years ago.

O’Keefe would not tell The Daily Caller how he obtained what appears to be audio of Wayne Dibofsky, the associate director of the New Jersey Education Association, admitting that voter fraud took place inside the union’s Jersey City office in 1997.

The incident Dibofsky seems to describe took place during a race that pitted conservative Republican Bret Schundler, the incumbent, against Democrat Jaime Vazquez. On O’Keefe’s video, a man identified as Dibofsky recalls that on election day 1997, a man arrived at the Jersey City union office and dropped off two voting machines.

“I said, ‘we’re not a voting precinct,’” Dibofsky explains. “And the guy says, ‘I don’t care, I was told to deliver them here.’ I said, ‘nobody is going to come and vote,’ and he winks at me and he says ‘doesn’t matter,’ which meant the machines were already loaded, locked and voted, vote tallies were added.”

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The man identified as Dibofsky goes on to say that during the course of election day, no voters came to the office, which was not a legitimate polling place. Yet after several hours, unidentified workers returned and picked up the machines. “I called the clerk’s office. They said, ‘Just leave well enough alone,’ and I knew that meant to be quiet.”

Though Schundler won reelection that year, Dibofsky says in the video that, thanks to fraud, the Democratic challenger carried the precinct in which the NJEA office was located.

“That was a tough district for the Democrat candidate to win in and they carried the district with those voting machines and nobody came in and voted. That’s Hudson County,” Dibofsky says.

O’Keefe says the video raises at least as many questions as it answers. “In how many other districts were voting machines brought in?”

The video is one of two O’Keefe has released this week. The first seems to capture New Jersey teachers’ union members boasting that even teachers who sling racial epithets at students cannot be fired under current tenure rules.

On Monday, O’Keefe’s organization sponsored a press event at the New Jersey legislature, at which Media Matters, a widely discredited left-wing advocacy group showed up – and, as O’Keefe describes it, railed on the fact that he wasn’t personally at the event.

“They can’t spin a teacher calling a student the ‘N-word,’” O’Keefe told TheDC in a phone interview.

A spokesperson at the Hudson County Clerk’s office’s division of elections told TheDC that election records are kept for just five years, meaning the 1997 records have been destroyed.