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Pou attacks Webber over Christie

Says attacks on Sherrill over Menendez hypocritical

By Nikita Biryukov, May 01 2018 7:59 pm

A surrogate for Democratic House candidate Mikie Sherrill is looking to flip a statement made yesterday by Assemblyman Jay Webber’s campaign attacking Sherrill’s support of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez in the wake of his admonition before the Senate Ethics Committee.

State Sen. Nellie Pou said in a statement that the attack made by Webber, who is running for the Republican nomination for retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s seat, was hypocritical in light of his support of former Gov. Chris Christie during the Bridgegate scandal.

“While Jay Webber wants you to believe that this is about ethics and accountability, this is just patently false. Jay Webber boldly stood by Chris Christie during the Bridgegate scandal for no other reason than the sheer fact that Christie was ready, willing and able to support Webber’s unpopular and dated crusades,” Poe said in a statement Tuesday.

On Monday, Webber’s camp released a statement attacking Sherrill, a former federal prosecutor, over her refusal to disavow the three-term U.S. senator.

“You would think ‘former federal prosecutor’ Sherrill would be appalled at the Senator’s behavior and make a clean break from him,” Webber campaign manager Phil Valenziano said on Monday. “Instead, Mikie has taken the easy road to power and looked the other way.  It didn’t take long for so-called ‘outsider’ Mikie to become the ultimate insider.”

Pou’s statement also attacked Webber’s record on women’s issues, including his long-standing opposition to Planned Parenthood funding and his vote on a recent equal pay bill. Webber was one of two members of the General Assembly to vote against the bill.

Webber did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment.

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