They collided today in Trenton, in what each hopes was a preview for a general election clash.
One wants to shore up law and order street cred and security in a GOP Primary.
The other wants to grab hold of people power push-back in time for the Democratic Primary.
Neither looks like the front-runner in his respective party right now, but both are running for governor and they bumped up against each other today under the Gold Dome, as Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19) passed a bill out of committee over the objection of Nutley Commissioner Steve Rogers.
Aimed at walking back a Muslim-targeted executive order issued by President Donald J. Trump, Wisniewski’s bill, A4589, prohibits the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from providing assistance for enforcement of President Donald J. Trump’s executive order “banning the entry of certain individuals from certain countries. ”
Republican Rogers, a retired naval intelligence officer and cop who advised Trump on national security issues in last year’s campaign, told the Assembly Transportation Committee that the bill is a bad idea, and makes the country vulnerable to the increased likelihood of terror attacks.
“This bill will hinder the ability of law enforcement to protect our state,” said Rogers, who noted that since 2015, authorities have arrested 90 people for providing material support to ISIS or plotting to conduct an attack; and pro-ISIS groups have disclosed kill-lists identifying information relating to 60,000 American citizens, including 500 New Jersey residents.
“I do not want New Jersey to be the place where someone started their journey in our country to unleash hell on our nation because of this bill,” Rogers told the committee, which passed the bill, however.
To Rogers’ further dismay, “No one asked a question,” the gubernatorial candidate said.