Earlier this week ICE announced that it has arrested 54 people in New Jersey in an action targeting criminal illegal immigrants who were released from local law enforcement custody into the community instead of being transferred to ICE. Criminal illegal immigrants in New Jersey cannot be released to ICE custody due to the New Jersey Attorney General’s Immigrant Trust Directive. What was Attorney General Grewal’s response? To order New Jersey Sheriffs to end their agreements with ICE.
There is a question that New Jerseyans find themselves asking far too often. Why does Governor Murphy hate the Jersey Shore? First it was the $15 minimum wage and short term rental tax (even the repeal of the short term rental tax sat on Murphy’s desk for approximately 6 weeks with no action). Now Murphy has vetoed legislation that would have allocated $4 million a year to make repairs to the boardwalk in and around Wildwood. Murphy will not help tourism in New Jersey while he approves spending almost $8 million a year on college tuition for illegal immigrants and the legal defense of illegal immigrants facing detention or deportation. Murphy appears to be doing all he can to destroy tourism at the Jersey Shore. Meanwhile in 2016 tourism generated $32.2 billion of GDP representing 6.5% of the entire state economy. That same year tourism in New Jersey generated $4.9 billion in state and local tax revenues. How can our Governor not do all he can to protect this revenue stream?