NEWTON, N.J. – The Murphy Administration’s legal battle with Sussex County over its Sanctuary Statehood directive has been simmering all summer, Save Jerseyans.
First? The County asked U.S. Attorney General Barr for help after N.J. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal tried to block Sussex’s anti-Sanctuary State ballot question designed to direct the county as to whether to abide by the directive. Then Sussex County retained NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt to defend it against Grewal.
On Tuesday, Republican Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) of Legislative District 24 challenged Attorney General Grewal to visit Sussex and explain the directive… in person.
“We want to know if this directive is about law enforcement or about politics,” Space said. “We want to know what the thinking was behind it and who was involved. Is there any data to back up what the Murphy administration is telling us, or is this just a case of using the power of government to achieve a political goal – and the taxpayers be damned.”
Space and Wirths say Grewal still hasn’t responded to their July 23rd invitation.
“The Murphy administration is trying to strong-arm local law enforcement and elected county constitutional officers using the blunt force of the attorney general’s office,” Wirths added. “We know it fulfills a plank of Murphy’s campaign platform, but is there a legitimate law enforcement rationale? Is there any data to back up what the Murphy administration is telling us or is this just a case of using the power of government to achieve a political goal – and the taxpayers be damned.”
Sussex County has until August 16th to submit a revised version of the ballot question to the State of New Jersey.