LD11 Flashpoint: Gabby Versus Gabby


It’s Gabby versus Gabby in LD11, scene of the state’s legislative district battleground, which insiders in both parties make a tight race with less two weeks to go.

The allies of Vin Gopal tonight struck back against the campaign of state Senator Jen Beck (R-11), and called in Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera (D-4) to slap the incumbent Republican. The sponsor of A4218, which prevents domestic abusers from accessing firearms, Mosquera said Beck lied in a pair of political mailers about her role in in the passage of the bill.

Here’s what Mosquera had to say:

“It is despicable that Senator Beck is trying to take ownership of a critical gun safety bill she is responsible for almost killing. Instead of standing with me to make sure that any victim of domestic abuse is kept safe, Jen worked to water down the bill and delay it.

“As a childhood survivor of domestic violence, this bill was extremely personal to me. I was proud to sponsor this bill because I believe it is a critical step in keeping victims here in New Jersey safe. We need to do everything in our power to make sure someone who has received a restraining order issued because of domestic violence accusations or has been convicted does not have access to deadly weapons.

“Senator Beck, on the other hand, showed no regard for the weight of this bill and, instead, delayed passage until she could be listed as a cosponsor to gain political points later on. Using domestic victims’ lives as game pieces for your own political gain is, on its own, disgusting. Using a photo of a respected former Congresswoman who survived an assassination attempt makes it even worse. I am outraged at her false claims of ownership of this legislation and voters should be too. Shame on you, Senator Beck.”

Beck Campaign Manager Mike Hughes shot back a response, using Mosquera’s intervention to reemphasize a common campaign theme for Beck – and call upon his own Gabby. “Another demonstrably false attack orchestrated by Camden County Vin,” said Hughes. “Senator Beck is specifically cited by Democratic Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords as being instrumental in getting bipartisan agreement to get this bill signed into law and cited her leadership on the issue. Giffords’ own words are ‘I want to thank….Senator Jennifer Beck for their leadership and for listening to New Jersey’s community leaders and domestic violence prevention advocates who have urged their elected officials in Trenton to help protect families from abusers with guns.’ Congresswoman Giffords has no dog in the fight, so who to believe? Camden County Vin’s allies or the Former Democratic Congresswoman who fought hard to get this bill passed and signed into law?”
Gopal retaliated.
“Senator Beck continues to be disingenuous and fast and loose with the facts,” said the challenger. “She was nowhere to be found on this legislation until she could transfer her support into political points. Her selective amnesia is shameful to gun violence victims as she tries to capitalize on one bill after years of putting New Jerseyans in the crosshairs. The facts are clear – Jen Beck has voted against commonsense gun safety legislation and even abandoned her own bill under pressure from Governor Christie. The legislation that was signed into law in 2016 was spearheaded by Assemblywoman Mosquera and Senator Weinberg, and Jen Beck cannot disagree with that. Beck was nowhere to be found when this legislation was proposed in 2015 and has been nowhere to be found on gun safety measure following 2016.”
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