Two weeks before the general election, Gov. Phil Murphy’s Attorney General will go to a legislative district where Democrats are trying to flip two Assembly seats to appear on a panel led by an incumbent Republican assemblyman in a tough re-election fight.
Attorney General Gurbir Grewal is set to appear on a panel led by Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) on “Hate Speech & Division in America,” at Union County College in Cranford – a swing town in Bramnick’s legislative district.
Grewal will join a group of Republicans close to Bramnick and two of Gov. Chris Christie’s attorneys general, Jeffrey Chiesa and Christopher Porrino.
Jaime Segal, a spokesperson for Union County College, confirmed that Bramnick arranged for the appearance of Grewal and the other panelists.
“It is a bi-partisan panel,” Segal said. “It’s an education opportunity for our students.”
The Attorney General’s office defended the scheduling of the event so close to the election, even if it gives the impression that Grewal is boosting Bramnick’s profile.
“This isn’t a campaign rally. This is a non-partisan event at a college campus to talk about combating hate speech,” said Sharon Lauchaire, a spokesperson for Grewal. “And it’s a particularly timely topic given our office’s recent report on the rise in bias incidents at our state’s universities and colleges.”
Bramnick has promoted the event on social media.M-919-Hate-Speech-Event-slide-r4-930