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Mikie Sherrill, right, with former Rep. Gabby Giffords, center, and Capt. Mark Kelly

Giffords, Kelly stump for Sherrill

Ex-astronaut and West Orange native says Sherrill scared Frelinghuysen away

By David Wildstein, September 07 2018 12:12 pm

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords and retired astronaut Mark Kelly, two of the nation’s top gun control advocates, came to New Jersey this morning boost the chances of Democrat Mikie Sherrill in New Jersey’s 11th district.

“These are scary times.  Racism, sexism belies violence.  It’s time to stand up for what’s right.  It’s time for courage.  We must do something.  We must stop gun violence,” Giffords said.  “Protect our children, our future.  Let them lead the way.  Make our country a safer place, a better place.”

Giffords challenged the group of activists gathered at the American Legion hall in Woodland Park to help send Sherrill to Congress.

“Do you have the courage to fight?” Giffords asked.  “Stand with me.  Vote. Vote. Vote. On Election day, your vote matters.  Join your voice with mine.”

Kelly, who grew up in West Orange, called Sherrill an “incredible candidate with a wealth of experience.”

He told attendees not to take the race for granted.

“Gabby and I and our organization, and the moms and all the other groups fighting for this issue, we really need her in Congress.

Kelly made a reference to the incumbent, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, who announced in January that he would not seek re-election after 24 years in the House.

“We’ve got to replace these bad members of Congress,” said Kelly.  “Fortunately, Mikie’s been such a great candidate that she scared away her opponent.”

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