In April, the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders voted to place an advisory question on the November ballot. It asks county voters whether they want to direct their Sheriff (who is paid for by their property taxes) to (1) abide by the Murphy administration’s Sanctuary State directive or (2) respect the primacy of the Constitution of the United States of America and follow federal law on matters related to national borders, immigration, and citizenship.
The Murphy administration quickly acted to block this exercise in direct, advisory democracy. Governor Murphy is threatened by people having the opportunity to voice their opinion on this important issue. Murphy doesn’t want people to have a vote about an office for which they pay entirely from taxes imposed on them.
Governor Phil Murphy is telling voters: You pay, but you don’t have a say.
In defense of his Governor, Murphy appointee Gurbir Grewal has embraced the woke practice of philosophical inversion. It’s the same practice that eliminates free speech in the name of “freedom” and that eliminates a diversity of opinion in the name of “diversity”. We see it at work in government, academia, and – increasingly – in corporate and work environments. It is George Orwell’s nightmare come true.
It is sad to see the state’s top law enforcement official – the Attorney General, no less – repeat the political lies he’s been taught by his master. Everyone knows that the very first victims of any immigrant community are the immigrants themselves. But Grewal did as he was told and issued an edict demanding that the public question be removed from the November ballot.
Responding to the June 7th deadline imposed by Murphy (via Grewal) to muzzle democracy, county Sheriff Mike Strada stood up to Murphy and rallied county Freeholders to do the same. The Freeholders flipped Murphy the collective “bird” and – along with County Clerk Jeff Parrott – allowed his June 7th “deadline” to pass.
Sheriff Strada has written to United States Attorney General William Barr to request his advice and direction on the matter. And he reserved the option to himself request a public question be placed on the ballot.
The Freeholders have been no less open in their opposition. Here is the audio of a recent talk show appearance by Freeholder Josh Hertzberg. Freeholder Hertzberg was on the Rich Zeoli show – one of the top talk radio venues in the Philadelphia/ South Jersey media market.