Romney meets Orthodox Jewish wedding party

WASHINGTON (JTA) – He may not have been invited, but Mitt Romney ended up meeting some members of an Orthodox wedding party.

Romney, the presumptive Republican candidate, was traveling by motorcade Wednesday along the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway to the Lake Terrace banquet hall, where he was to have a fundraiser later that evening.

As his motorcade turned into the banquet hall’s parking lot in Lakewood Township, members of a wedding were busily posing for photos outside.

“Immediately, the family abandoned the bride and groom and began chasing Romney’s car in the parking lot, waving cameras. The candidate’s SUV drove around a corner to a back entrance, followed by at least 10 members of the wedding party who tried to run up to Romney’s car but were halted first, by a wood fence, which one man tried to scale, and then by Secret Service agents, who did not look pleased,” according to a pool reporter from Yahoo News.

A campaign spokesman said Romney posed with the bride and groom, The New York Times reported.

The Asbury Park Press identified the couple as Eli and Zahava Ben-Haim, who said they are Republicans. 

Both the wedding and the fundraiser went off as planned.