The New Jersey congressman ranked as the most bi-partisan Democrat in the House has picked up some endorsements from local Republican elected officials in his bid for re-election to a fourth term.
Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) has received endorsements from Vernon Council President Harry Shortway, Teaneck Councilwoman Karen Orgen, former Norwood Councilman Allen Rappaport, and Batya Klein, who hosted a fundraiser for Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign at her Englewood home in 2015.
“It’s an honor to have the support of such esteemed leaders in our community, from small business owners to elected officials, who have come together, across party lines, to show their support for our campaign — the ideas, and the Jersey Values we’ve been fighting for, since I first ran for Congress,” said Gottheimer. “Like me, they believe we should always put country ahead of party, and that our enemy is not our fellow Americans – but global terror, extremism, and the leaders of China, Iran, Russia, and others who seek to undermine our democracy and way of life.”
“Josh has continually reached across the aisle to solve national and Fifth District issues here in Vernon,” said Shortway. “He has fought to lower taxes for families and small businesses, supported our law enforcement, and made sure our veterans receive the care and benefits they’ve earned.”
Orgen said that Gottheimer “has always made himself accessible to the residents and leadership of our Township.
“He and his staff are always available when a problem arises in Teaneck,” she said.
Klein, who serves as Gottheimer’s campaign treasurer, praised Gottheimer’s willingness to partner with Republicans in Congress.
“I believe it’s time we started looking at the individuals we are sending to Congress, instead of just voting down the party line,” said Klein. “I want to elect somebody who is principled, who will do the work he was elected to do for his constituents.”
Rappaport was an early supporter of Gottheimer’s bid to oust seven-term Republican Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage) in 2016, a move that cost him his council seat. Party leaders dropped him from the organization line and he lost the GOP primary that year.
Gottheimer praised Rappaport for his decision to trade his own local seat despite “personal consequences for the ideas we were fighting for — not what was best for Washington or a national party agenda — but what was best for Jersey.”
“I’ve found that if you take the time to talk and listen to one another, instead of just pointing fingers and yelling across the aisle, you can actually get things done,” said Gottheimer, who co-chairs the House Problem Solvers Caucus. “You may not get everything you want — but you can get 80 percent of it.
Gottheimer faces a rematch with his 2020 opponent, Republican Frank Pallotta, in New Jersey’s 5th district.