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Rep. Josh Gottheimer, left, with Retired General Wesley Clark in Englewood on October 30, 2022. (Photo: Gottheimer for Congress).

General Clark stumps for Gottheimer at veterans event in Englewood

Retired NATO Supreme Allied Commander extolls accomplishments of N.J. congressman and former aide

By David Wildstein, October 31 2022 9:00 am

Retired U.S. Army General Wesley Clark, the former Supreme Allied Commander Europe of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), was in Bergen County on Sunday to boost the re-election of Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) in New Jersey’s  5th district.

Clark headlined a meet and greet at the American Legion in Englewood aimed at spurring voter turnout among veterans as Gottheimer seeks his fourth term in Congress.

Gottheimer served as deputy communications director and chief speechwriter for Clark’s bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004.  Clark campaigned for Gottheimer at an American Legion in Maywood in 2016, when he unseated seven-term Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage).

“The first thing I want to say is I really admire what you’ve done as Congressman,” Clark told Gottheimer on Sunday.   You truly are the model of a professional, dedicated servant of the people that every democratic country in the world is looking for.  Thank you for what you’re doing for Bergen County, for the people in this room, for New Jersey, and the example you set for America.”

Before a group of veterans and Bergen County Democratic leaders, Gottheimer praised Clark for his service, saying that “America is both safer and stronger because of him.”

In his remarks, Gottheimer touted his own record on veterans services, including the Bipartisan PACT Act that looks at the impact of toxic exposure on the mental health of veterans.

“I believe we always have to get the backs of those who’ve had ours,” Gottheimer said.  “There is nothing more important in this job than my responsibility to have the backs of those who have served our great country.”

“Whether that’s at the VA, a mental health issue, or helping a veteran get a job when you come back home,” stated Gottheimer.  “I’m proud to have worked across the aisle to improve veterans’ benefits and care, and to continue that work to find common ground to ensure North Jersey’s veterans receive the benefits they deserve.”

Bergen County Democratic Chairman Paul Juliano, Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes, State Sen. Gordon Johnson (D-Englewood), and Bergen County Executive James Tedesco were among the attendees at the Gottheimer event.

A West Point graduate, Rhodes Scholar and Vietnam combat veteran, Clark led the NATO Operation Allied Force during the Kosovo War from 1997 to 2000.

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