Webber Declares For Republican Primary

By on February 3, 2018

Jay Webber, right, in Trenton earlier this year.

Jay Webber, a gun rights advocate who represents the state Assembly district that includes Verona, said today that he is a candidate for the 11th federal congressional district. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, a Republican who had represented the 11th for more than two decades, announced last week that he would not seek reelection this fall.

“The 2018 elections present our great nation and Republican Party with an important choice,” Webber said in a statement posted to social media. “We can give in to the angry intimidation of the far left who seek to ‘resist’ every idea that comes from someone who doesn’t share their outlier extremism. Or we can stand up for the beliefs and principles that have served our country so well for so long and continue the progress we’ve made in the last year toward reviving our economy, creating more and better paying jobs, strengthening the rule of law, and restoring America’s security and standing in the world. I choose the latter.”

Webber, a lawyer in Whippany, was elected to the state Assembly in 2007 and serves on its Appropriations, Financial Institutions and Homeland Security Committees. In the Assembly, he has voted against requiring attackers in a domestic violence incident to surrender their firearm while a restraining order (A1211), against training for minorities and women in the construction industry (A1855), and against making it unlawful for an employer to discriminate and pay different rates for substantially similar work based on the sex of the employee (A2750). He also voted against a state resolution urging Congress and the president to not repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACR222). Webber opposed efforts by New Jersey legislators to compel President Donald Trump to disclose his tax returns and he has also spoken out on Twitter against Gov. Phil Murphy’s plan to make community college educations tuition-free.

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A 45-year-old father of seven, Webber has earned endorsements from the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) and New Jersey Right to Life in past state campaigns. On his Twitter feed, he frequently champions former President Ronald Reagan. But last September he also used Twitter to disseminate a claim that more than 600 noncitizen were registered to vote in New Jersey. The report, which Webber called “just tip of iceberg”, had appeared in Lifezette, an online media property owned by conservative talk radio personality Laura Ingraham. Six hundred voters would be 0.01% of all registered voters in New Jersey.

While Webber is the first Republican to declare for the 11th district, he will likely not be the last. On the Democratic side, Mikie Sherrill, a former Navy helicopter pilot and federal prosecutor, has been campaigning since last spring. Verona was gerrymandered into the 11th congressional district after a redistricting in 2012.

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  1. Terry Moore

    February 4, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Webber- a hideous clone of Frelinghuysen gone amok. Be wary. Webber said in a statement posted to social media. “We can give in to the angry intimidation of the far left who seek to ‘resist’ every idea that comes from someone who doesn’t share their outlier extremism or we can stand up for the beliefs and principles that have served our country so well for so long ” Standing up to the NRA? Now that takes courage to stand up to and he has done the opposite voting against requiring attackers in a domestic violence incidents to surrender their firearm while a restraining order AND has earned endorsements from the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) and New Jersey Right to Life in past state campaigns.

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