Republican presidential hopeful Senator Ted Cruz toured Brighton Beach Thursday, watching children make matzo at a local bakery.
Cruz first met with community leaders at the Jewish Center of Brighton Beach at 2915 Ocean Parkway at about 4:45 p.m.
He then headed over to the Chabad Neshama Model Matzah Bakery about 15 minutes later, where he met with Chabad Director Rabbi Moshe Winner.
“I’m going to tell him that we’re happy that he’s here to support the Jewish holiday” of Passover, Rabbi Winner told DNAinfo before the Cruz visit. “Matzah is all about freedom.”
Winner added that neither he nor the Chabad Center was endorsing Cruz. Winner added that the Cruz campaign reached out to the center “because of our connection to the community.”
“We welcome everybody, we don’t officially support any of the candidates.”
Dozens of supporters surrounded the candidate, yelling “Jews for Cruz” while he entered the Jewish Center.
“I believe in his very conservative values, he stands up for Israel all the time, he talks about the Jewish people all the time, he makes a point that he will be there for us,” said supporter Victoria Grazi, 31.
The Texas senator won the Wisconsin primary on Tuesday, but still trails Donald Trump 743 delegates to 517.
The New York primary is set for April 19, with more Trump-friendly northeastern states like Connecticut and Pennsylvania set to vote on April 26.
Ted Cruz visits a matzah bakery in New York City. cnnpolitics.com
Posted by CNN Politics on Thursday, April 7, 2016