A Republican congressman from Florida and an influential Washington lobbyist are raising money to unseat Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) in New Jersey’s 5th district.
Rep. Mike Waltz, a former U.S. Army Green Beret who served in special forces in Afghanistan, and as policy director for Defense secretaries Donald Rumsfeld and Robert Gates, will appear as a Washington fundraiser on December 6 for Nick De Gregorio, a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran who is challenging Gottheimer.
The DeGregorio fundraiser is being sponsored by Rob Collins, a lobbyist who spent seven years as Chief of Staff to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, served executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and headed the American Action Network. Collins was the White House Sherpa for President Donald Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Collins was DeGregorio’s mentor at the Georgetown Institute of Politics when DeGregorio as seeking his MBA from Georgetown.
“Nick is one great American. He is a 4-time Afghanistan and Iraq deployed former Marine officer who currently works for Bank of America,” Collins said. “A dad of two, Nick is married to a pediatric emergency room nurse. He is smart, dedicated and born in the district.”
Gottheimer unseated Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage) in 2016 in a district that Trump won in 2016 and lost in 2020. The Human Fundraising Machine, Gottheimer has more than $11 million cash-on-hand to win a district that won’t be drawn until next month.
DeGregorio faces two GOP primary opponents: Frank Pallotta, who lost to Gottheimer in 2020, and Nick D’Agostino, the president of the Sussex-Wantage Board of Education.