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

Gottheimer has a massive $11 million cash-on-hand after raising more than $1 million in Q3

New Jersey Democrat has raised $3.1 million since 2020 re-election

By David Wildstein, October 04 2021 9:00 pm

The Human Fundraising Machine is on fire, again.

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) has amassed an astronomical campaign warchest of more than $11 million after raising a hulking $1,050,000 during the third quarter of 2021. 

That gives Gottheimer, who has emerged as a key national political player in a fight to win approval of a $1 trillion infrastructure package through Congress,  a hefty advantage as he prepares to seek a fourth term in the House next year.

Gottheimer has raised a gargantuan $3.1million so far in what is supposed to be the off-year of his two year term. 

Since announcing his first bid for Congress in March 2015, Gottheimer has raised an elephantine $21.7 million, $21,649,272, a total that doesn’t include what he’s raised for other Democratic candidates in New Jersey and nationally.

While his role as a moderate has put him at odds with the left wing of the Democratic Party — he’s seeking a bi-partisan deal to pass a traditional roads and bridges infrastructure bill before Congress deals with a loftier spending proposal — his mammoth cash-on-hand makes it exponentially more difficult for a progressive to threaten his renomination in the June 2022 primary.

New Jersey’s 5th district as currently drawn — new maps will be drawn by early next year — is a hub of moderate voters.  In the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, Hillary Clinton won the 5th district by 20 points against Bernie Sanders. 

Last year, Gottheimer defeated Glen Rock Councilwoman Arati Kreibich in the Democratic primary by 33 points.  Earlier this year, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, a progressive icon, won just 28% of the vote in the Democratic primary for State Senate in a Bergen County district.

The 5th district congressional seat had been held by Republicans for 36 years until Gottheimer, a former speechwriter in the Clinton White House, unseated seven-term Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage) by 14,897 votes, 51%-47%, in 2016.  Donald Trump carried the 5th district by a 48%-47% margin against Hillary Clinton that year.

Gottheimer was re-elected in 2018 by 41,291 votes, 56%-42%, against Republican John McCann, a former Cresskill councilman.  In 2020, he faced Republican Frank Pallotta, an investment banker who spent $1.435 million of his own money and won a third term by a 31,842-vote plurality, 53%-46%.

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