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Rep. Mikie Sherrill. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Sherrill challenges Webber to 3 debates

By David Wildstein, September 10 2018 12:49 am

Democrat Mikie Sherrill is challenging her GOP opponent to three debates as she seeks to flip the 11th district seat of retiring 12-term Republican Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen.

Sherrill says she wants to debate Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains) at the Ogdensburg Historical Society Candidate Night in Sussex County on October 9, at a televised debate on NJTV on October 10, and at a televised debate sponsored by the Wayne League of Women Voters on October 11.

“This campaign is about bringing new leadership to Congress,” said Sherrill, a former Navy helicopter pilot and federal prosecutor. “Our families deserve a Representative who is focused on improving their quality of life and New Jersey’s economy. I look forward to the opportunity to debate Assemblyman Webber and to share my vision of a bright future for our families.”

The Webber campaign said they had sought to debate Sherrill in recent months, but without success.

“She ducked a joint appearance on Chasing News over the summer and she didn’t respond to an invitation to debate immigration issues after she organized a rally where the abolition of ICE was called for,” said Ronica Cleary, a Webber spokesperson.  “We are looking forward to debates that contrast Jay’s optimistic and confident vision on taxes, jobs, and the direction of our country with Mikie’s pessimism, negativity, and hypocrisy on those issues and more.”

It’s possible that additional candidate forums can be added, including a debate sponsored by NorthJersey.com.

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14 thoughts on “Sherrill challenges Webber to 3 debates

  1. This article ought to call out Jay Webber’s campaign’s lies just as the professional media has learned to call out Trump’s lies. Mikie Sherrill did not organize a rally calling for the abolition of ICE. She made an appearance at a march where some groups made that call. She was not even a speaker at the rally, though our senators were and they didn’t call for the abolution of ICE either. I know. I was there. #factsmatter.

  2. Hahaha! Webber is accusing Mikie of ducking him?! The guy who blocks anyone who disagrees with him on social media is accusing someone of ducking?! Wow, the hubris of that guy is mind-blowing. I can’t wait for these debates. Mikie is going to wipe the floor with that phony.

      1. Uh, there’s a big difference between moderating threatening or obscene comments and blocking anyone who challenges or disagrees with you or your supporters (which is illegal, btw.) Although I rarely agree with our state senator, Joe Pennacchio, he regularly engages with me on social media and has even go so far as to contact me directly when we’ve had disagreements about policy. THAT’S how you serve your constituency. Jay Webber has been blocking his constituents who disagree with him since 2016, and it’s a clear indication of how engaged, or rather, disengaged he would be as a congressman.

  3. If in the final analysis the Trump administrations immigration policy had violated US law as well as the constitution, and ICE carried out an illegal policy then that raises a clear argument to dissolve ICE.

  4. I am dismayed by the ability of politicians to lie repeatedly. One thing I know for a fact is that Mikie Sherrill neither organized the immigration rally that is being discussed nor spoke at it; I was there. Webber’s campaign has made these charges previously, and they have been debunked previously.

    1. Puh-leeeez. “NJ 11th for Change”, a Sherrill surrogate, organized the rally and was fully aware of the “Abolish ICE” element in the rally. Sherrill’s campaign response…”She left before they spoke”, is both an admission and an extremely weak cop out as to her toleration of that point of view. If Trump owns “Q”, as most major media implied, Mikie also owns “Abolish Ice”.

  5. Thank you, unhinged leftists, for continuing to put the words “Mikie Sherrill” and “abolish ICE” in the same sentence.

  6. Mikie Sherrill stands for no borders, higher taxes, more spending, more crime, less safety, and Medicare for all (unaffordable). Jay Webber is opposite. Vote Webber! Save our country and put these socialist liberals to sleep

  7. I’m very dissapointed that this publication and David Wildstein allowed Ronica Cleary and Jay Webber to use this platform to spread lies about Mikie Sherrill that have been called out by both NJ.com and the New York Times. You should have better editorial sense than that and you owe Mikie Sherrill an apology.

    1. It’s actually not up to me to decide what a campaign can or can’t say. My job is to present both sides without censorship and allow readers to form their own opinion. While I appreciate your reading the New Jersey Globe, if you are looking for a biased version of the news, there’s always the Star-Ledger.

      1. OK, thanks for clarifying that the New Jersey Globe is the political equivalent of PR Newswire. In the future, I will assume that all claims made by politicians on this website have not been verified.

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