NUTLEY, NJ — State and local officials took to social media Wednesday as the nation reeled from the news that a mob loyal to President Donald Trump had stormed the Capitol building in Washington in an effort to overturn the election results.
NJ-11 Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, who was on the floor of the US House of Representatives at the time of the attack stated, "Thanks to everyone who has reached out and expressed your concern. I was in the Chamber as people attempted to breach it. The Capitol Police barricaded the doors, and we sheltered in place. Once we had a secure exit, we left the Capitol, and I am now in a secure location. This has been an obscene attack on our democracy, but we will prevail."
Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. stated, "These were not protesters, they are rioters. They are terrorists." He continued, “During the four years of the Civil War, the confederates never got closer to Washington than Fort Stevens. Until today, when insurrectionist supporters of Donald Trump paraded through the U.S. Capitol Building carrying the Confederate battle flag.”
Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. issued a statement, "Make no mistake, today is one of the darkest days in our nation's history. But I believe we are better than the discord created in Washington. Our democratic principles have formed the bedrock of our country, and they will not be broken by the tantrums of President Trump. I look forward to President-Elect Biden's inauguration and a return to decency, honesty and truthfulness from our national leaders."
Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia issued a statement on Facebook, "This is such a shameful day in the history of our country. These Domestic Terrorist stormed the Capitol Building because the conman that got elected President doesn't want to accept he lost. It's an embarrassment what is occurring. Thankfully our President-Elect is addressing the country while our President hides in his office."
Woodland Park Mayor Kieth Kazmark was more direct in his statements, also shared on social media, "I never thought I’d get to this point, but 14 days or not, it’s time for the 25th." The 25th is a reference to the 25th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, that deals with the removal and replacement of the President of the United States. He followed up with another statement, "Make no mistake about it - this is a coup. It’s time to stop rolling eyes, shrugging shoulders and blowing it off. It’s real. It’s here. It needs to end. Now. #InvokeThe25th"
In a joint statement, state Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg called for an end to the violence.
“What we are witnessing in Washington is not how our democracy is supposed to function,” the legislators said. “The protestors who have breached the United States Capitol building illegally should go home immediately or face the full force of the law.”
Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick denounced the attempt at circumventing the electoral process.
“The events unfolding in Washington are an assault on our democracy,” Bramnick said in a Tweet. “Our process established by our constitution must be respected. The Courts have reviewed the objections to the election results, and they have been dismissed by both Judges who were republicans and democrats.”
Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted that at the request of officials in Washington, he is sending state police and is prepared deploy the New Jersey National Guard.
“At the request of DC officials, I am deploying the @NJSP to the District of Columbia to facilitate the peaceful transition of power & protect our democracy,” Murphy said. “We are prepared to deploy the @NJNationalGuard upon request. May God Bless America and our brave men and women in uniform.”
Matt Kadosh of TAPinto Westfield contributed to this story.
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