Three powerful New Jersey women beat up on Rep. Leonard Lance today saying that he “tends not to believe” Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her 35 years ago.
First Lady Tammy Murphy, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver all piled on Lance, whose comments about Ford were recorded last week during what he thought was a private meeting with the Rutgers College Republicans.
Lance’s statement could prove to be a pivotal moment in his bid for re-election to a fifth term against Tom Malinowski, who served as Assistant U.S. Secretary of State in the Obama administration. Polls show the race to be a statistical dead heat.
“It doesn’t surprise me that Congressman Leonard Lance is falling in lock step with the good old boys club of his Republican party on Judge Kavanaugh. He said he ‘tends not believe the charges.’ How much more outrageous can it get?” said Weinberg. “He already formed an opinion without hearing her testimony.”
Murphy, who earlier this shared her own story of a sexual assault while a sophomore at the University of Virginia, said that she found Ford to be a “compelling, credible and an unwilling participant here who is stepping up and performing a heroic feat of civic duty.”
“Sadly, even before Dr. Ford testified today, Congressman Lance dismissed Dr. Ford’s credibility and said he doesn’t believe her. Congressman Lance’s time is up, and it’s time for new leadership in Congress,” said Murphy. That’s why I’m supporting Tom Malinowski, a fighter for women, and a person who would take the honorable steps to absolutely ensure a citizen is heard, and a proper investigation would follow.”
Oliver called Lance’s attempt to humiliate Ford “intolerable and not representative of New Jersey values.”
“It is clear we need new leadership in the Seventh Congressional District to protect and defend the rights of women,” Oliver said. “Congressman Lance’s attempt to further humiliate Dr. Ford is intolerable and not representative of New Jersey values. It is clear we need new leadership in the Seventh Congressional District to protect and defend the rights of women.”
Weinberg said Lance’s comments are “irresponsible and wreak with partisanship without any regard for the survivor of a sexual assault.”
“This is exactly why he should not be representing us in Congress,” Weinberg said. “This is why we need Tom Malinowski. And we need him now! “