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U.S. Marine Corps veteran Nick DeGregorio announces his bid for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey's 5th district on November 10, 2021. (Photo: Joey Fox for the New Jersey Globe).

Gottheimer launches ‘Affordability Agenda,’ drawing criticism from Republican challenger

By Joey Fox, December 07 2021 10:17 am

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) yesterday released a new “Affordability Agenda for New Jersey,” in an attempt to mitigate the rising costs caused by inflation and supply chain challenges in recent months.

The agenda would specifically activate the National Guard, create the federal position of Supply Chain Czar, and institute other measures to mitigate the supply chain crisis; reinstate the full State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction; and lower the costs of gas and prescription drugs.

“My new Affordability Agenda for Jersey is action we can take right now to help our families and small businesses with the COVID-driven impact on our economy,” Gottheimer said. “The bottom line is: as I’ve said, we must do everything we can to get more money into the pockets of our families, so they can afford to work, live, and stay here in Jersey.”

But one of Gottheimer’s most prominent Republican challengers, marine veteran Nick DeGregorio, quickly released a statement slamming the plan as belated and inadequate. 

“Josh Gottheimer, who has been in office for nearly five years, is all of a sudden rolling out a plan to make New Jersey more affordable – where have you been, Josh?” De Gregorio said. “Josh’s announcement today was nothing more than a flimsy charade meant to distract away from the fact that when forced to make a choice, he will choose liberals like Phil Murphy and Nancy Pelosi – and not families in the 5th district – every single time.”

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