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Rep. Josh Gottheimer as a speechwriter for President Bill Clinton in the late 1990s. (Photo: Josh Gottheimer).

Bill Clinton will stump for Gottheimer in Paramus

Gottheimer was speechwriter in Clinton White House

By Joey Fox, November 04 2022 3:24 pm

With the 2022 election just a few days away, Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) will hold a rally tomorrow with none other than his former boss, former President Bill Clinton. The event will be in Paramus, where Bergen Democrats are also hoping to hold the mayor’s office as well as several countywide positions.

In 1998, at age 23, Gottheimer joined the Clinton administration as a speechwriter. He remained in the White House until Clinton left office in 2001, after which he went to law school and worked on several presidential campaigns.

Gottheimer entered the electoral scene in his own right in 2016, when he challenged Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage) in the 5th congressional district. Gottheimer won that contest – a bright spot in an otherwise grim night for Democrats – and held the seat in both 2018 and 2020.

This year, he’s running against former investment banker Frank Pallotta, a Republican who previously challenged him in 2020. The campaign is not regarded as one of the state’s most competitive, in part because of Pallotta’s underwhelming fundraising and in part because of the Democratic lean of the newly drawn 5th district.

But that hasn’t stopped Gottheimer from calling in some top allies, with Clinton just the latest among them. The congressman campaigned earlier this week with retired U.S. Army General Wesley Clark, on whose 2004 presidential campaign Gottheimer worked; he also has gotten financial support from former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, one of the presidential candidates he endorsed in 2020.

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