To the Editor:

We will be going to the polls to decide who we want to represent us in Congress: a candidate who recently moved into our community or a public servant in the state legislature and small business owner who has created jobs.

I have known assemblyman Jay Webber, the Republican candidate for Congress here in the 11th congressional district, for years. I believe he has always voted for policies that benefit our interests. Whether it was opposing the 23-cent per gallon gas tax hike or sponsoring legislation to reduce taxes, Webber has always put taxpayers first. He has also supported federal tax reform that has lowered tax rates on families and businesses in New Jersey and across the nation. By contrast, I believe Democrat Mikie Sherrill has opposed tax relief and would vote to increase our taxes to feed a federal bureaucracy that has become excessively large and inefficient.

As a veteran of the United States Army, I took an oath to uphold the Constitution and everything it stands for. I believe that assemblyman Webber will take his oath of office seriously, as he has already done in the state legislature. The oath to defend the United States Constitution is a pledge to uphold every amendment. I was concerned when I heard Sherrill speak about her openness to changing the second amendment rights of law-abiding citizens during one of the debates in this campaign. Let me be clear: I thank Mikie Sherrill for her years of service to our nation in uniform. But on the second amendment, her views are out of touch with millions of Americans, including people here in the 11th congressional district.

Lastly, I trust Jay Webber to take on cronyism and corruption in Washington DC because he has never been afraid to stand up to leaders in either party when he felt it was right. Mikie Sherrill, by contrast, refuses to denounce senator Bob Menendez, who was admonished by Republicans and Democrats for violating US Senate ethics rules. Equally troubling was when a supporter of Sherrill alluded to Webber’s minor children earlier this summer. Since when is it okay to bring a candidate’s family into the political fray?

I believe that Mikie Sherrill only moved to our district to run for Congress, since Democrats needed a candidate to run here. If she truly cared about the state of affairs in America, she could have sought the support of her neighbors in a bid for Congress in her own district. I am disappointed in her views on issues ranging from federal tax reform to Jay Webber’s record in Trenton. On Tuesday, November 6, I urge you to join me in supporting Jay Webber for Congress. He has represented New Jersey’s 26th legislative district well in Trenton, and I believe he has the leadership skills and character to be a great congressman.

William Felegi, Lake Hopatcong

Editor’s Note: According to the Constitution, a member of the House of Representatives must be at least 25 years old, be a U.S. citizen for at least seven years, and live in the state represented. Candidates are not required to live in the district they represent. Mikie Sherrill has been a resident of Montclair, New Jersey, since 2010. Montclair is represented by two congressional districts, the 10th and the 11th. Prior to redistricting, Montclair was wholly in the 11th district, as is Jefferson Township. While Sherrill previously lived in a 10th district section of Montclair, she currently lives in the 11th district.

This op-ed was submitted to our newsroom and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Jefferson Chronicle or its staff.

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