A U.S. Senator from Arkansas who headlined a Washington, D.C. fundraiser for Republican congressional candidate Jay Webber voted against extending the National Flood Insurance Program, and now Democrat Mikie Sherrill and Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) say Webber should return the contributions.
“Homeowners and business owners in our district, especially those living in the Passaic River Basin, depend on the National Flood Insurance Program for affordable protection for their property,” said Sherrill. “A vote against the program is a vote against our infrastructure, our businesses, and our homes, and does not reflect New Jersey values. I applaud the Senate’s bipartisan vote to help protect New Jersey’s economy from extreme weather and flooding.
Wayne, Pompton Lakes, Little Falls, Lincoln Park, and Pequannock have relied on the National Flood Insurance Program after repetitive flooding in recent years.
Webber supported the flood insurance program extension.
“Families who live in flood-prone areas in Essex, Morris, Passaic and Sussex counties are one step closer to having certainty and affordable coverage headed into this year’s hurricane season,” said Webber. “Reform and a longer extension of the program are needed, but this temporary extension is desperately needed.”
Sherrill suggested that the Webber-Cotton alliance – the two are longtime friends – might be bad for New Jersey.
“The fact that Assemblyman Webber has closely aligned himself with Senator Tom Cotton shows the values that he would bring to Washington: intransigence, partisanship, and self-interest,” Sherrill said. “We can surely expect that same type of ideologically driven voting from Assemblyman Webber if he were elected to the House of Representatives.”
Pascrell said Webber “has embraced and loudly touted the support of Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, one of the foremost right wing radicals in America. Tom Cotton has voted against New Jersey’s interests for years.”
“These are Arkansas values. Those aren’t North Jersey values, not by a long shot. I’m calling on Jay Webber to repudiate Tom Cotton and other extremists and to return the money raised for him by Cotton,” Pascrell said. “The choice in the Eleventh District couldn’t be more stark. Jay Webber will stand next to extremists. Mikie Sherrill will stand beside regular New Jerseyans.”