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Republican congressional candidate Nick De Gregorio. (Photo: Nicholas De Gregorio).

DeGregorio is unopposed in NJ-5 debate after Pallotta, Schneiderman chicken out

Winner of GOP primary will take on Gottheimer

By NJ Globe Staff, May 04 2022 4:50 pm

Nick De Gregorio, the only candidate to accept an invitation to participate in the New Jersey Globe/Save Jersey Republican Congressional Debate in the 5th district, will join David Wildstein and Matt Rooney on Thursday, May 5 at 8 PM to discuss his challenge to Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff).

Two other candidates, Frank Pallotta and Fred Schneiderman, declined a debate invitation from the New Jersey Globe and Save Jersey.

Under the terms of the invitation, the debate was to proceed as long as at least one candidate agreed to participate.  Images of empty chairs, labeled for the absent candidates, will appear on the screen with De Gregorio, a U.S. Marine veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“To beat Josh Gottheimer in the fall, you must be willing to go outside of your comfort zone. It means talking to voters and Republican leaders across the district who you don’t know; it means getting real buy-in from donors and educating them about the importance of our race, and it means taking tough questions from people who don’t already support you,” said De Gregorio.  “People here are eager to pump the brakes on the out-of-control Biden agenda and to help put the country on a new course of leadership, but voters will not – and should not – accept continued mediocrity from its Republican standard-bearers.”

Kelly Ann Hart, Pallotta’s campaign manager said that they “prefer in person and not Zoom to get a real feel for the candidates interactions.”

“After the 2020 campaign and being locked up for two years, we would expect Zoom would be an option for other people to watch that can’t attend,” Hart stated.

Schneiderman took the same position.

“I  think a live debate with the three candidates would be the effective format,” said Schneiderman.

As a result, there will be no independent debate sponsored by a media organization in the primary to pick a challenger to Gottheimer.

The two candidates seeking to challenge Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) in NJ-3, Ian Smith and Bob Healey, is set for Wednesday, May 4 at 8 PM.

The Smith vs. Healey debate, and the DeGregorio vs nobody event, will air on the following platforms:

New Jersey Globe: https://newjerseyglobe.com/Save Jersey: https://savejersey.comFacebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/newjerseyglobeFacebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/savejerseyYouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCmnkhUgYiq5k4_oL_ueGWqwYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9pZB4tLJJTd1OGVBXMsF4gTwitter: https://twitter.com/TheNJGlobe  Twitter: https://twitter.com/savejersey

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