GOP House candidate receives letter threatening his children

GOP House candidate receives letter threatening his children
© Twitter: Jay Webber

A Republican candidate running for Congress in New Jersey shared a photo of a letter he received that threatened his children and called on him to drop out of the race

Jay Webber, a North Jersey state assemblyman, shared a photo of the letter on Twitter, as well as a photo of a cut-up campaign sign that was apparently delivered with the note.

“What the f— is wrong with you… you scumbag?” the letter reads. “You BETTER hope that you don’t win! Or else. How many kids do you have… 7? Unlucky 7.”

“This is what we think of you. Time to get out of politics!”

“Criticizing a candidate on the issues is part of politics,” Webber wrote. “Threatening my children is not. We are thankful for the support of law enforcement as we work to find whoever is behind this gutless act.”

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“We will not be intimidated as we work to make #NJ11 better for everyone,” he added.

Webber shared the photo on the same day that several explosive devices were sent to prominent Democratic figures and news organizations, including the Obamas, the Clintons and CNN’s building in New York. Authorities are investigating those packages.

Webber’s campaign told Politico that the sign and letter were delivered to his place of business.

Webber is running to replace GOP Rep. Rodney FrelinghuysenRodney Procter FrelinghuysenThe 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority Top House GOP appropriations staffer moves to lobbying shop Individuals with significant disabilities need hope and action MORE, who is retiring. He is facing Democrat Mikie Sherrill. RealClearPolitics has rated the race as leaning Democrat.

Sherrill condemned the threatening letter to Webber in a statement, according to Politico.

“This is absolutely appalling,” she said. “No one who decides to run for public office should feel that, by doing so, they are putting their family in danger.”