CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, N.J. – Cape May County is declaring war on the Murphy Administration, and state Senate nominee Mike Testa (R-1) is standing with the Jersey Shore County.
On Friday, Testa announced that he would assist the county in litigation pertaining to Cape May’s 287(g) agreement with ICE.
“The Murphy Administration’s attack on our county threatens the safety of our residents and seeks to compel us to disobey federal law,” said Director Gerry Thornton. “As duly elected officials in Cape May County, we took an oath to uphold the US and NJ Constitutions. We will not allow Governor Murphy and Attorney General Grewal to bully us into becoming a Sanctuary County, not now, not ever.”
Testa is an attorney based in Cumberland County and the GOP’s best chance for a legislative pick up this fall, running in a district carried by Donald Trump in 2016. Testa will also rally with Cape May’s leadership on Friday evening.
“The laws, the facts, and public opinion are on our side, even if our current Democrat state legislators are not,” Testa said. “Governor Murphy and Trenton Democrats are not only dead wrong on this policy – but their actions are illegal and unconstitutional. It violates the U.S. Constitution’s supremacy clause and the N.J. Constitution’s home rule doctrine. I am proud to support Sheriff Nolan and the Cape May County Freeholders and take on this critical fight.”
An increasing number of local N.J. governments are declaring their opposition to Murphy’s Sanctuary State experiment.
Ocean and Monmouth counties are already suing the Murphy Administration in federal court. Cape May County’s Board of Chosen Freeholders recently passed a resolution supporting Sheriff Bob Nolan’s decision to continue working with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
One week ago, New Jersey Attorney General Grewal (a Murphy appointee) ordered all 21 New Jersey counties – specifically Cape May and Monmouth counties – to pull out of their agreements and refrain from entering into new ones. Grewal’s announcement followed news that N.J. jails are releasing dangerous criminals into the general population in defiance of ICE detainer requests.