New Jersey’s LD 2 race is getting some national attention.
The battleground district showed up on Talking Points Memo’s radar yesterday after incumbent Democratic Sen. Jim Whelan’s Republican opponent was captured on video telling a group of supporters to “get your gun” if Whelan comes knocking on their front doors.
Frank Balles, the Atlantic City sheriff challenging the incumbent, was speaking to a group of gun rights advocates.
“When someone’s been elected for 30 years and he comes knocking on your door and tells you, ‘Listen, this is what I want to do to help you,’ quickly close your door, go inside,” Balles said to the group.
The statement prompted an audience member to interject, “And get your gun!”
Balles responded, “And get your gun, exactly!”
Video of Balles’ appearance was posted by the pro-gun group Bold Departure. However, as of Friday morning the video was not public.
The video prompted an even stronger reaction from the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, which issued a statement calling on Balles to “hand in his badge after advocating violence against the incumbent.”