An opening salvo has been fired in the war of words between candidates in New Jersey’s hotly contested 11th Congressional district.
Republican Jay Webber called a news conference to chide his opponent Mikie Sherrill for supporting the movement to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.
“My opponent has organized rallies calling for the abolition of ICE, organized rallies calling for open borders. It is a stark contrast between me and Mikie Sherrill,” Webber asserted.
Sherrill’s response: “You know, Jay Webber is doing, I think, what typical politicians do when they don’t have a vision of how to serve their community,” Sherrill said.
She also indicated that Webber is wrong about her position on ICE. “I don’t believe in abolishing ICE. I’m a former federal prosecutor and I’ve worked closely with Homeland Security. But we really need to move forward in this community,” she said.
Webber insisted, however, that “Mikie organized a rally where the abolition of ICE and open borders was demanded. That’s wrong,” he said.
Sherrill countered: “The rally was really concerned about border separations. And I think we can improve our border security, while at the same time not taking children away from their parents and really, still, not being able to get those children back to their parents.”
ICE and immigration are far from the only issues dividing the candidates. They are also at odds over the move by congressional Republicans to make permanent the cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions, part of last year’s Trump tax bill. Sherrill lambasted Webber and his GOP colleagues for wanting to make the SALT cap permanent. Webber claimed in response that the president’s policy delivers a $6,000 tax cut to the average family of four in the 11th District.
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