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

Webber accuses Sherrill of hypocrisy

By Nikita Biryukov, September 19 2018 12:29 pm

Assemblyman Jay Webber’s campaign is taking aim at Mikie Sherrill over what they say is hypocrisy on guns and the effect of the Republican tax plan passed by Congress last year.

“Today we want to bring specific attention to two specific major Mikie hypocrisies. First, she claims to be a leader for gun control, but her second biggest contributor is the go-to law firm for the NRA,” Webber campaign spokesperson Ronica Cleary said.

Webber’s campaign cited almost $24,000 in donations to Sherrill from employees of Kirkland & Ellis, a Chicago-based law firm whose lawyers have argued some of the National Rifle Association’s most high-profile cases.

“I do have a lot of friends because I did work at Kirkland & Ellis,” Sherrill told the New Jersey Globe earlier this month.  “I did not work on any gun legislation or have a client that was involved with gun legislation.  That’s a large international law firm that works on many, many issues.”

The assemblyman did not call for Sherril to return those donations, but Sherrill has made gun control one of her campaign’s signature issues.

The Republican also targeted Sherrill over what he says is hypocrisy on the changes to the federal tax code passed last year, some of which, namely the cap on state and local tax deductions, have hit New Jersey residents particularly hard.

That issue has been something of a rallying cry for Sherrill’s camp, but Webber says that her attempting to sell her Montclair home following a 19% increase in its assessed value.

“She uses scare tactics to make voters believe tax reform is tanking the housing market, but at the same time, her multimillion-dollar estate was just assessed at a huge increase,” Cleary said.

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