Two Bergen County legislators have endorsed Nick De Gregorio for the Republican nomination for Congress to take on Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) in New Jersey’s 5th district.
Assemblyman Bob Auth (R-Old Tappan) and Assemblywoman DeAnne DeFuccio (R-Upper Saddle River) have become the first elected officials to back De Gregorio, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Nick is our choice to represent us in Congress because we know he will use the same strength and determination as he did while honorably serving his country overseas to fight for the Fifth District in Congress,” said Auth and DeFuccio.
De Gregorio faces two opponents in the GOP primary: businessman Fred Schneiderman and investment banker Frank Pallotta. Schneiderman has signed on two high-profile advisors to former President Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway and Larry Weitzner.
“Washington is leaderless and broken. Politicians like Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and their enabler Josh Gottheimer have only made life harder and more unaffordable for families here in New Jersey,” the two 39th district Republicans said. “Inflation — thanks to socialist spending sprees supported by Josh — is spiraling out of control and press releases and letters just won’t cut it anymore.”
Auth and DeFuccio said Congress needs “someone with a backbone to stand up and finally say no for all of us.”
De Gregorio has raised $403,000 for his race against Gottheimer, the Human Fundraising Machine, and ended 2021 with $360,000 cash-on-hand.
Pallotta has not yet filed his fourth quarter fundraising report and Schneiderman did not enter the race until this month.