Vice President Harris comes to New Jersey to promote child care investment, vaccinations
Vice President Kamala Harris spent the day in New Jersey on Friday to visit a day care center in Passaic County and to tour a COVID-19 vaccination center in Newark.
Harris came to the Garden State to promote two of President Joe Biden’s key priorities – getting more people vaccinated and passing the Build Back Better agenda that is currently stalled in Congress.
The vice president, along with Gov. Phil Murphy, toured the Ben Samuels Children’s Center at Montclair State University in Little Falls. Harris spent some time visiting with the children and instructors.
Everyone, including the vice president, wore masks, in accordance with Gov. Murphy’s mandate that everyone over the age of 2 wears masks inside of day care facilities.
The governor has already moved to make preschool free for 3- and 4-year-olds. The Build Back Better Act would do the same nationwide.
“We should support as a society that says that every person should have a meaningful opportunity to go to work, that they should have a meaningful opportunity to parent their children, and to participate, not only in their community, but in our economy,” Harris said.
The vice president was also promoting an expansion of the child tax credit, which is part of the Biden administration’s plan.
The plan would cost $3.5 trillion, which has caused virtually a unanimous Republican opposition. Some Democrats are also balking at the plan and are trying to cut it down.
Advocates saying the plan will pay for itself through raising taxes on those making over $400,000 per year and raising taxes on corporations.
Harris and Murphy also toured the Newark vaccine site, before Harris departed New Jersey on Air Force Two from Newark Liberty International Airport.
While this was not an official campaign event for Murphy for his reelection campaign, Harris did release a video earlier this week that endorsed the governor’s second term. But it remains to be seen if Harris will come back to New Jersey to join Murphy on the campaign trail.