The front runner for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate is taking fire from a labor group over statements he made about sanctuary cities.
32BJ of the Service Employees International Union on Monday issued a release lambasting U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin who, on Rich Zeoli’s 92.7 WOBM-FM radio show, said “the idea of sanctuary cities is just illegal.”
“Bob Hugin’s comment that sanctuary cities are illegal is a direct attack on the thousands of diverse, working families that keep New Jersey running every day,” said Kevin Brown, New Jersey State Director and Vice President of 32BJ SEIU. “A recent federal court decision makes it clear that sanctuary cities can be protected and local law enforcement have no requirement to use local taxpayer dollars to do ICE’s bidding.”
The roughly 160,000-member union’s attack on Hugin is the latest in a wave of surrogate attacks aimed at the Republican frontrunner and Democratic incumbent Sen. Bob Menendez.
Nick Iacovella, Hugin’s press secretary, declined to comment on the matter, pointing only to a statement that Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-River Vale) made last week attacking Menendez over his support of sanctuary cities.
Within the last week, similar statements bashing Hugin have been issued by the immigrant rights group Make the Road Action and the New Jersey Working Families Alliance.
But Hugin is not without his own surrogates in this fight. In addition to Schepisi, House candidate Steven Lonegan kicked off a tour to “stop sanctuary cities” on Saturday.