A spokesperson for Rep. Mikie Sherrill tonight took aim at Republican Rosemary Becchi’s career as a lobbyist helping corporations lessen their federal tax burden.
“We look forward to contrasting Mikie’s lifetime of service in the Navy, as a federal prosecutor, and as a Member of Congress fighting for New Jersey taxpayers, to Rosemary’s record as a corporate lobbyist,” said Jackie Burns, a representative of the Sherrill campaign. “Rosemary has spent her career helping corporate special interests push more of the tax burden onto New Jersey taxpayers. New Jersey deserves a congresswoman who fights for our country and our families — not a corporate lobbyist who works on behalf of special interest groups.”
The statement came hours after Becchi formally entered the race to challenge Sherrill in the 11th district.
Becchi had been seeking to run against Rep. Tom Malinowski in the 7th, but decided to switch districts on Sunday.
Over the last two days, Becchi has cleared the Republican field — former Kinnelon councilman Larry Casha dropped out of the race today – and is now the presumptive GOP candidate to take on Sherrill.
Becchi, a former U.S. Senate Finance Committee tax counsel, served as a staff attorney in the office of the chief counsel of the Internal Revenue Service. She later worked for a top accounting firm, for Citigroup and Fidelity Investments, and has been a partner at two major law firms. She now works for Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, a Washington, D.C law and lobbying firm.
Becchi is the founder of Jersey First, a grass roots economic advocacy group.
Sherrill won her House race by 46,262 votes, 57%-42%, against Republican assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains) in 2018.
The 11th district has 1,500 more Republicans than Democrats and Donald Trump won it by 1% in 2016 — down from 24,176 when the district was drawn after the 2010 census.