Blasting President Trump’s “phony populism,” former Vice President Joe Biden came to New Jersey on Wednesday and urged young people to “get off your rear end” this November to vote and “take back this country.”
Biden spoke at Montclair State University for the official fall campaign kickoff of Mikie Sherrill.
The former Navy helicopter pilot and federal prosecutor emerged from the June primary as the Democratic challenger for the 11th District seat of Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, a Republican stepping down after 22 years in Washington.
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Sherrill’s GOP opponent is state Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-26th Dist.) of Morris Plains. Vice President Mike Pence stumped for him at a fundraiser in Morris County last month.
Biden, who has not ruled out a 2020 presidential run, knocked Webber for opposing a law to limit the size of ammunition magazines, and he laced into Trump and his administration for shunning common decency and American ideals.
Sherrill can help restore those values to the capitol, he said, lauding her “incredible integrity, decency, and honor. She understands what it means. She understands what duty means. She gets it.”
“We can’t afford another Trump acolyte in the House,” Biden added, exhorting the nation to “get off your hind legs. Remember who you are. And let’s take back this country!”
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Citing Biden’s eulogy for his longtime friend and Senate colleague, Sen. John McCain (R-Az.), Sherrill said “ordinary Americans” built this country and they deserve health care, affordable educations, common-sense gun laws, and protection of women’s reproductive rights.
“Each new generation has a choice: Face the challenges head-on, with a confidence and certainty that we can lead this world towards something better, and in doing so, provide a better future for everyone. Or we can cower in the face of change, fear our neighbors, and work only for ourselves,” Sherrill told a crowd of several hundred that included many students.
Gov. Phil Murphy said the nation is watching New Jersey.
“Now more than ever, with a president who holds our values in contempt, and a Congress too scared to push back, we need leaders with steel in their spines to lead us forward. We need leaders who put people before party and values before politics,” Murphy said.
“We need leaders who talk with us one on one and don’t tweet at us.”