Is the immigration issue still driving New Jersey voters to the ballot box?
Election Day is Nov. 7 and all the seats in New Jersey’s state Legislature will be on the ballot.
One of the issues on voters’ minds will be immigration and the crisis at the southern border.
After Gov. Phil Murphy said on Aug. 31 that the state could not accommodate migrant families at Atlantic City Airport, he faced criticism from both progressives and conservatives. The governor was narrowly reelected in 2021 in a vote that saw Democrats lose seats in the Legislature.
RELATED: Rep. Sherrill weighs in on migrant relocation crisis The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is calling on Murphy, President Joe Biden and state lawmakers to do more to help migrant families.
News 12 political reporter Alex Zdan asked Sarah Fajardo, policy director of the state ACLU, if she believes there has been “a tonal shift in the conversation about immigration in New Jersey over the last two years.”
“I would say there has been a shift and we’re working really hard to shift the conversation back towards where it needs to be which is to welcome folks to our communities, to recognize that immigrants have been and continue to be an essential part of our economy, that everyone deserves fairness, safety, security and dignity," Fajardo said.
But is the issue of immigration still driving voters to the ballot box?