New Jersey Citizen Action (NJCA), one of New Jersey’s most prominent progressive advocacy groups, endorsed Democratic congressional nominees today in 10 of the state’s 12 congressional districts – but with moderate Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) missing from the list.
Every other Democratic incumbent got the group’s endorsement, including Reps. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown), Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes), and Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair), each of whom represents a potentially competitive district.
Two non-incumbent Democrats, 2nd district nominee Tim Alexander (running an uphill race against Rep. Jeff Van Drew) and 8th district nominee Rob Menendez (essentially a congressman-elect in his solidly Democratic district), also got NJCA’s backing. Matt Jenkins, the Democratic nominee in the deep-red 4th district, was snubbed.
“Lawmakers who supported the Inflation Reduction Act and similar legislation helped beat back special and corporate interests while delivering on promises to do what is best for the American people,” NJCA executive director Dena Mottola Jaborska said in a statement. “Elections have consequences, and our democracy only works if we elect lawmakers who will continue the fight for justice and equality for all.”
New Jersey’s progressive groups have long feuded with Gottheimer, one of the House’s leading moderates and the co-chair of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus.
In 2020, NCJA backed Glen Rock Councilwoman Arati Kreibich in her primary challenge to Gottheimer, which failed 33%-67%. Gottheimer drew no primary opponents this year, however, so groups like NJCA and the New Jersey Working Families Party had no direct way to push the three-term congressman to the left.