By Edward Gibson
It’s s sad but predictable trend- Trenton insider State Senator Joe Kyrillos started his US Senate campaign by pandering to the Washington extremists and supporting the warped idea that “Corporations are people too.”
Rather than focusing on moving the economy forward and creating jobs, Kyrillos’ first issue position of the campaign is supporting right wing activism on the Supreme Court. Kyrillos cited Justice Sam Alito as a benchmark for his approach to using the Supreme Court to strip away rights from people and give powerful corporations the same constitutional protections as individuals. Kyrillos’s views resulted in the Citizens United ruling that allowed unrestricted and secret corporate special interest money to take over and pervert the electoral process.
Kyrillos views of using the Supreme Court to place corporate special interests ahead of the middle class is consistent with his position to use the courts to turn back the clock on a woman’s right to choose. Kyrillos has also recently supported attempts to gut New Jersey’s environmental protection initiatives and historically supported keeping open corporate tax loopholes.
Unlike Senator Menendez who has been part of a bipartisan consensus on recent Supreme Court appointments, Kyrillos has sided with the most extreme elements of his party. Kyrillos should get his facts straight: Menendez has overwhelmingly voted for nominees receiving bipartisan support.
In fact, bucking the hyper-partisan trend, Senator Menendez has been part of a bipartisan coalition supporting judicial nominees more than 75% of the time.
Unfortunately Kyrillos has joined those who want the Supreme Court to re-write the Constitution to tilt the playing field in favor of corporate special interests and against hard working families. Joe Kyrillos has just shown us what kind of United Sates Senator he longs to be- and it puts him on the wrong side of New Jersey’s hard-pressed families and seniors.