The Human Fundraising Machine is helping Democrats raise a boatload of money.
Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) has raised more than $2.9 million for “problem solving Democrats” seeking local, county and federal office.
“I’m proud to have contributed and helped raise resources for so many commonsense, problem-solving elected officials and candidates in 2021,” Gottheimer said. “For Jersey’s sake, I’m focused on helping common sense folks who, like me, want lower taxes, clean drinking water for our children, and roads and bridges that aren’t crumbling.”
The chairman of the House Problem Solvers Caucus, Gottheimer and Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) leveraged their votes in support of the Build Back Better Act to get House Democrats to agree to reinstate the State and Local tax (SALT) deduction when they approved the bill on Friday.
The three-term Democrat has become one of the most prodigious House fundraisers in New Jersey history. As of October 1, Gottheimer had a behemoth $11 million cash-on-hand and has raised about $21.7 million for his own campaigns in New Jersey’s 5th district.
So far, three Republicans have announced their plans to take on Gottheimer in next year’s mid-term elections: Nick DeGregorio, who completed tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan as a U.S. Marine; Sussex-Wantage Regional Board of Education President Nick D’Agostino; and Frank Pallotta, an investment banker who spent $1.435 million of his own money in a bid to unseat Gottheimer in 2020. He lost by 31,842 votes, 53%-46%.
Gottheimer will likely get a primary challenge from the left. Last year, he defeated Glen Rock Councilwoman Arati Kreibich in the Democratic primary by 33 points.
Kreibich is not planning a rematch with Gottheimer, according to Kelsey Moore, a spokesman from a group of progressives that have been protesting the Bergen County Democrat.