Republican House candidate Rosemary Becchi launched a second television spot of the cycle Tuesday.
The ad, titled “Train Ride, shows Becchi standing near a set of train tracks as she attacks Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair), claiming the first-term congresswoman backed the defund the police movement.
Script: A short train ride over the Hudson, New York is beset by gun violence and rioting. A longer train ride down to Washington, That’s where Mikie Sherrill embraced Nancy Pelosi and the Defund the Police Movement. Voting to allow criminals to sue our police for doing their job. Mikie Sherrill talks tough but makes us less safe. We need to protect New Jersey families. I’m Rosemary Becchi and I approve this message.
As the Republican talks, images of rioting during Black Lives Matter protests in New York flash on screen before resolving into a grainy image of a beaming Sherrill next to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Cali.).
The ad references Sherrill’s vote on the Justice in Policing Act of 2020, which, among other things, would remove qualified immunity in civil cases for law enforcement officials.
The bill passed the House in a 236-181 vote along party lines in June and has since languished without any action in the Senate.
But while Sherrill backed — and cosponsored — the bill, she opposes the defund the police movement.
“I do not support the idea of defunding police departments. I believe that it does nothing to solve the root problems we must address and it makes our communities less safe,” she said in a June statement. “That is why I stand with Senator Booker, Members of our House Delegation, and the Congressional Black Caucus on this sensible package of reforms and I urge Senate Leadership to stand with us.”
The New Jersey Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Sherrill last week, along with President Donald Trump and U.S. Senator Cory Booker, though the New Jersey Policemen’s Benevolent Association backed Becchi this year after endorsing Sherrill in 2018.