A new undercover video by conservative provocateur James O’Keefe allegedly shows a New Jersey middle school teacher offering cocaine to investigative reporters while attending a teacher conference in Atlantic City. Not only that, but it also appears to show a teachers union representative agreeing not to report the teacher’s drug habit.
Robert Klein, who teaches physical education at Howell Middle School North in Farmingdale, New Jersey, was attending the New Jersey Educators Association 2015 conference in Atlantic City when he ran into two reporters with Project Veritas, O’Keefe’s organization, who were attending the conference undercover.
In the video, Klein invites the two reporters back to his room, where he proceeds to offer them cocaine and talk about his own drug habits.
“Let’s go. Let’s go have drinks. If you want some blow you can have a bump. You can do whatever you want,” Klein says in the video. Later, when the journalists have come to Klein’s room, he again seems eager to share cocaine with them. “Dude if you wan’t some I’ll give you a taste. Don’t be embarrassed.”
No drugs actually appear in the video, but Klein repeatedly offers them, and seems as though he may be high himself in the video.
Klein also talks at length about how careful he is with drugs. He only brought cocaine to the NJEA conference, he said, because marijuana would smell too much and he would be caught. He also said he is careful to have marijuana delivered to his home, since at school he has seen how effective drug dogs can be.
“I work with the police in the school district with the drug dogs and they teach us, and they teach our kids how the drug dogs sniff out drugs,” he says. “No we’re not putting drugs in my car! Blow [is] different. You put it in your pocket, it’s nothing.”
The video is part of a series by Project Veritas that attempts to show unethical behavior by teachers unions in New Jersey. In the second half of the video, Project Veritas speaks with Ronald Villano, an NJEA representative. When asked about an anonymous teacher’s drug problem, Villano recommends that the teacher go to rehab, but says that even if he doesn’t he won’t report the incident to school officials.
“We’re not going to tell anyone whether he goes [to rehab] or not, while he’s there he can walk out anytime he wants,” Villano says in the video.
The NJEA did not immediately return a request for comment, but the union did ridicule the video when contacted by a local radio station.
“Are you seriously thinking of covering an O’Keefe?” spokesman Steve Barker told New Jersey 101.5. “We have no idea what he captured on video. What we know is that he has a long record of using manipulative editing and misleading editing to tell stories that are often shown to be not be factual when the end results come out.”
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