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Did Jerry Nadler Cut Convention Line for Kosher Pastrami Sandwiches?

While Hillary Clinton works to get out ahead of Donald Trump in the presidential race, Rep. Jerry Nadler apparently had another epic contest on his mind: the battle for kosher deli sandwiches at the Democratic National Convention.

The liberal Manhattan stalwart bypassed a 30-minute wait on Tuesday to procure two pastrami sandwiches from Kosher Grill, the sole kosher food emporium at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the New York Post reported

“He’s been here like three times,” one of the servers told the paper.

Nadler’s spokesperson did not immediately respond to a question about the incident.

Nadler recently turned aside a rare challenge by a little-known rival who focused on his support for Iran nuclear deal.

Kosher Grill is based in Chicago and owner Mordie Siegel told the Forward that he takes pride in opening his stand in venues that had not previously offered kosher options.

“It brings me much pride to have stands where Jews and Muslims can not only buy food, but feel like everyone else and enjoy their food fare for the day,” he said.

Nadler later attended a Democratic Jewish event where he denounced Trump as a “fascist.”

Contact Ari Feldman at or on Twitter @aefeldman.




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