The head of the Women’s March on NJ is asking supporters to oppose President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court and wants to GOP U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin to join her.
“If Kavanaugh is confirmed, his lifetime appointment would tip the balance of the Supreme Court against basic civil, workers’, women’s, LGBTQ, and immigration rights,” said Elizabeth Meyer, the founder and lead organizer of the group that attracted tens of thousands of New Jerseyans to demonstrations across the state. “I urge Bob Hugin, who has supported multiple anti-choice GOP representatives, to follow suit and stop hiding behind Donald Trump.”
Meyer says that Kavanaugh would become part of a conservative block on the court that would overturn Roe v. Wade. She pointed to a 2015 decision by Kavanaugh to allow employers to deny birth control coverage if it goes against their personal beliefs.
Hugin has not said whether he would support or oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination, calling him a “highly qualified individual.”
“As with any important decision, especially one involving a nominee to the Supreme Court, I would reserve judgement until I had all the relevant facts and done my own research,” Hugin said in a statement on Monday night.
Meyer criticized Hugin for refusing to speak against Trump and praised Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez for quickly opposing the Kavanaugh nomination.
“At a time when women’s rights are in danger, we need someone who will stand up for what is right, not fall in line behind the president,” said Meyer. “I am proud of Senator Menendez’s strong commitment to vote no on Kavanaugh. The Senator has consistently spoken out against Donald Trump.”
Hugin has stated that he would be supportive of President Trump’s pick and that the “possible nominees have been some of the most impressive jurists and lawyers in our country.”
“Hugin has refused to speak out against Donald Trump and continues to duck important questions,” said Meyer. “By staying silent on the issue, Hugin has chosen Donald Trump and the GOP over his support for New Jersey.”