Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt attacked Gov. Phil Murphy over the departure of the industrial conglomerate Honeywell and a new directive imposed by State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal that would bar county jails from certain types of cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“We need Phil Murphy and Democratic leaders in Trenton to wake up and realize that New Jersey under attack. We are in a battle to earn the trust of our State’s job creators, and we are losing,” Steinhardt said. “While Murphy is off playing in a liberal policy-playground, NJ Transit is dying, pension and healthcare reforms haven’t moved, and we’re bleeding well-paying jobs and the tax revenue that comes with them.”
Honeywell is moving its headquarters, which is currently based in Morris Plains, to North Carolina and is taking some of its high-level jobs with it.
Grewal’s directive bars county prisons from complying with requests to hold suspects with the intention of turning them over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Prior to the directive, local law enforcement agencies could voluntarily comply with so-called detainer requests.
“The chief concern stemming from New Jersey’s, newest ‘sanctuary state’ policy should be the decision to start down the slippery slope of arbitrarily choosing which federal laws we follow and which we don’t. It sets a dangerous and potentially confusing precedent,” Steinhardt said. “Moreover, it drives a wedge between state and federal law enforcement officers at a time when we should be communicating proactively to address the nation’s underlying immigration issues, rather than reactively pretending they don’t exist.”