On Wednesday, a Republican New Jersey state assemblyman running for Congress in a key House district received a letter threatening the candidate’s seven young children.
Jay Webber, who is running in New Jersey’s 11th district to replace retiring Republican Rodney Frelinghuysen, got a letter at his law office with the following verbiage:
What the f— is wrong with you … s—bagYou BETTER hope that you don’t win! Or else. How many kids do you have… 7? Unlucky 7. This is what we think of you. Time to get out of politics.
As NJ.com reported, Webber has featured his wife and seven children in campaign ads. Webber responded on Twitter, writing, “Criticizing a candidate on the issues is part of politics. Threatening my children is not. We are thankful for the support of law enforcement as we work to find whoever is behind this gutless act. We will not be intimidated as we work to make #NJ11 better for everyone.”
On Tuesday, Webber’s campaign had tweeted, “The angry left is fully unhinged. Maybe b/c the left’s leaders in Washington encourage violence! Don’t retaliate! Respond by putting up more #WebberForCongress signs & volunteering. Let’s win this the right way & work together to make #NJ11 better for everyone.”
The tweet showed a video depicting defaced Webber campaign signs along with Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton and Maxine Waters attacking Republicans.
Webber’s opponent, Democrat Mikie Sherrill, released a statement about the letter threatening Webber’s family, saying, “This is absolutely appalling. No one who decides to run for public office should feel that, by doing so, they are putting their family in danger. I condemn this in the strongest terms and hope law enforcement determines who was behind this and holds them accountable.”
The latest NY Times/Siena College Poll shows Webber trailing Sherrill 49%-38%, although other recent polls showed Webber trailing by four points.
Webber has been championed by President Trump:
Webber is a strong conservative; after four states, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, and New Jersey, brought a lawsuit against the federal tax bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), claiming that its $10,000 cap on the state-local deduction (SALT) was unconstitutional, Webber was asked his opinion of the tax cut bill and how it affected New Jersey and came out strongly for the tax cut bill, stating:
The tax bill that was passed is a net win for New Jersey and especially the resident of the 11th congressional district. It has that SALT deduction cap, which I think is wrong; you shouldn’t tax a tax. I would fight to eliminate that or, certainly raise the cap, but that was only one part of a bigger bill that really benefits the people of this district.
So when you talk about the other good things in that bill, like doubling the standard deduction; doubling the child tax credit; reforming the alternative minimum tax; helping small-business people with pass-through deductions; lowering the tax rates and flattening them; making it simpler to file our taxes; helping American businesses bring their investments back onshore to create American jobs; all of the things that that tax bill did, and we see the results in the economy today, with unemployment at historic lows; African-American unemployment at historic lows; Hispanic unemployment at historic lows; small business confidence at historic highs; wages rising; housing starts rising; the economy is going in the right direction, in large part because of this tax bill, and to criticize it based on just the SALT deduction cap loses the forest for the trees, like winning the World Series four games to one and worrying about the one game you lost.