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Rep. Josh Gottheimer welcomes 268 soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment, New Jersey Army National Guard returning from a tour of duty in eastern Africa as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, at the National Guard Armory in Teaneck in November 2019. (Photo: Mark C. Olsen/New Jersey National Guard).

Gottheimer is most bipartisan Democrat in U.S. House, Lugar Center says

North Jersey congressman is ranked most bipartisan on Democratic side for last three years

By David Wildstein, May 03 2022 2:28 pm

The most bipartisan Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2021 was Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff), according to a report from the Luger Center at Georgetown University.

Gottheimer ranked second in the House overall, and this was his third consecutive year as the top Democrat on the Lugar Center’s Bipartisan Index.

His score – 2.745 – is considerably lower than the top-ranked House member, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, a moderate Republican from suburban Philadelphia, who scored 4.001.

“His consistent devotion to bipartisan principles sets an outstanding example for other Members at a time when bipartisanship can be hard to find in Washington,” said Dan Diller, Policy Director of the Lugar Center.

In New Jersey, Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Manchester) ranks 30th on the list (0.891), followed by Reps. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) at #40, Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) at #46, and Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) at #54.

Other New Jerseyans on the Lugar Center Bipartisan Index: Reps. Donald Norcross (D-Camden is #140, Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) is #149, Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) is #157, Albio Sires (D-West New York) is #263, Donald Payne is #274, and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) is #278.   Of the 100 United States Senators, Bob Menendez ranks #31 and Cory Booker is #70.

“I’m incredibly proud to be named the most bipartisan House Democrat. Now, more than ever, we see the importance of putting country and governing over partisan politics and gridlock.  As Co-Chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus, I believe no one side owns all the best answers, so I’ll continue fighting for New Jersey with a commonsense approach,” Gottheimer said.  “We need cut taxes, red tape, and lower costs to make life more affordable, support our veterans, fix our infrastructure, and invest in firefighter and local law enforcement to keep them and our communities safe.  We aren’t in the entertainment business; we are in the get things done business.”

The least bipartisan Member of Congress from New Jersey is Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Long Branch), the powerful chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee.  The Lugar Center ranks him at #307.    Overall, the House members with the lowest bipartisan rankings are Reps. Lauren Boebert (R-Colorado), Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) and Mary Miller (D-Illinois).

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