Two Republican county chairs agree with the Tea Party that U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-Hoboken) should be recalled from office.
In what they see as a north-south touniquet action, Ailish Hambel, chairwoman of the Sussex County Republicans; and Keith Davis; chairman of the Atlantic County Republicans, announced this evening that they will work with RecallNJ to help gather 1.3 million signatures to recall Menendez and urged their fellow chairs to join the effort.
“Senator Menendez has been an embarrassment to the State of New Jersey,” said Hambel. “He has been a rubber stamp for the Obama big-government agenda in Washington, ramming the trillion dollar health care boondoggle down our throats. It’s time for him to go.”
“Our elected officials need to be held accountable for their actions and when it comes to standing up for the residents of our state, Senator Menendez is no where to be found,” said Davis. “Menendez is more concerned with expanding the statist majority in Congress as Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee than he is with protecting the taxpayers of the state he represents. I guess he’ll have to learn that the hard way.”
“We’re coming into this movement on a solid foundation built by the the Sussex County Tea Party and NJ Tea Party United,” said the chairs. “They deserve the credit for getting this recall movement to this point and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the days ahead.”
In response to his fellow chairpeople, Morris County GOP Chairman John Sette said good idea.
“I would love to see him recalled, but it’s up to the appellate court right now,” Sette told PolitickerNJ.com. “Would we help, yes, we would help, but it’s up to the court right now.”
State Democratic Party Chairman John Wisniewski dismissed the two-county gesture as a panic-stricken reaction by rightward-leaning organizations to grassroots Tea Party incursions.
“It’s an organized political stunt,” Wisniewski said. “I understand why the Republican Party is concerned with inroads into their party by the Tea Party. For them to climb on the bandwagon, that’s their call, but there’s no basis in law right now for the recall, as the appellate division punted on the issue. It’s strictly a publicity stunt to ingratiate themselves.”