Another of Assemblyman Jay Webber’s rivals for retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s House seat has come out against a statement made by State Senator Nellie Pou that mentioned Webber’s children.
“It’s mean spirited,” said Gregg Edwards, campaign manager for Peter DeNeufville. “I don’t think there’s really anything more to add than that.”
On Tuesday, Pou invoked Webber’s daughters to criticize Webber’s stance on women’s issues, including women’s healthcare and equal pay, in an apparent attempt to defend Democratic candidate Mikie Sherrill from criticism launched by Webber over her refusal to disavow U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez following an admonition by the Senate Ethics Committee.
The attempt backfired, and the statement has since seen a dizzying amount of condemnation from Republicans in the district, including criticism from rival candidate Tony Ghee.
The Sherrill campaign yesterday declined to comment on the statement, and Pou has yet to say if she stands by the statement.