VINELAND, N.J. – Mike Testa is determined to make this year’s hotly-contested LD1 legislative contest a referendum on Phil Murphy’s sanctuary statehood policy.
The Republican state senate hopeful and his Assembly running mates Antwan McClellan and Erik Simonsen have hit Murphy and the Democrat incumbents consistently and hard on the issue in a South Jersey district that voted decisively for Donald Trump in 2016 and Bob Hugin in 2018.
On Tuesday, Testa upped his criticism one week after N.J. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal threatened Garden State counties still working with ICE.
“Governor Murphy and Trenton Democrats have lost their collective minds,” Testa posted via his official Facebook page. “Rather than addressing the issues most important to our state, they continue to be more invested in making New Jersey a ‘sanctuary state,’ bullying local law enforcement professionals in the process.”
Testa – a Cumberland County-based attorney – is assisting Cape May County in its litigation with the Murphy Administration over the ICE contract with its jail.
LD1 is comprised of all of Cape May County as well as portions of Cumberland and Atlantic counties.
The candidates are set to debate on October 28th at the Old Historic Court House Building in Cape May Court House.