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Rep. Josh Gottheimer. (D-Wyckoff). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Gottheimer declines to say which Republican he’d like to face in 2020

Congressman has yet to conduct polls on re-election race

By Nikita Biryukov, September 02 2019 1:21 pm

Rep. Josh Gottheimer declined to say which of the three Republicans who have announced runs in the fifth district he’d prefer to face next November.

“My preference is to keep fighting for the fifth district. I’ll give you one, it’s me versus the moocher states, the fifth versus the moocher states,” Gottheimer said, referring to a number of red states that receive a greater proportion of federal tax dollars than they pay.

Among Gottheimer’s potential opponents are Montvale Mayor Michael Ghassali, former investment banker Frank Pallotta and former Cresskill Councilman John McCann, who Gottheimer defeated last year.

Gottheimer said he has yet to conduct any polls for his 2020 race.

The congressman, known for his moderate positions, also faces a primary challenge from the left.

Glen Rock Councilwoman Arati Kreibich, who once backed Gottheimer, is seeking to oust the House Problem Solvers Caucus co-chair.

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