TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey’s Republican candidate for governor says she would “double down” on efforts to condemn so-called sanctuary states in response to the deadly attack in New York.
Speaking Wednesday during an unrelated event in Middletown, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno said failing to detain those who immigrated without proper documents and committed violent crimes endangers the state.
Sayfullo Saipov faces federal charges in the Halloween truck attack along a bike path that killed eight people. He immigrated legally from Uzbekistan.
Guadagno’s comments are her latest condemnation of sanctuary policies in her race against Democrat Phil Murphy. Murphy’s said he would make New Jersey a sanctuary state “if need be,” but has agreed that those accused of crimes should face the justice system.
The winner will succeed term-limited GOP Gov. Chris Christie.