Authorities are investigating several swastikas that were spray-painted along a new bridge in the South Orange section of South Mountain Reservation.
Photos show at least seven swastikas splattered across the bridge with the words "they lie" and the numbers "666." The markings -- made in purple, red, green and black -- were cleaned by Tuesday afternoon after park workers painted and sandblasted the bridge early in the morning, county officials said.
"What's happening in South Mountain Reservation is discouraging and maddening," Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. said in a statement. "In Essex County, our diversity is our strength, and our open spaces are there for the enjoyment of everyone. We do not condone the defacing of public areas and we do not tolerate the hateful intent of this graffiti."
Rabbi Jesse Olitzky of Congregation Beth El in South Orange said some of his congregants called him early in the morning after they saw the symbols.
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