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Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff)

Gottheimer launches first ad

By Nikita Biryukov, September 04 2018 9:52 am

Rep. Josh Gottheimer is out on the airwaves with his first ad of the cycle, finally dipping into the depths of his war chest.

The ad, titled “Jersey values,” touts the first-term congressman’s notable bipartisanship. Gottheimer co-chairs the problem solvers caucus, a group of 48 House representatives – 24 from each party – who seek to break Washington’s partisan gridlock.

In addition to praise from voters, the ad features acclamations from two of the districts mayors, Oakland Mayor Linda Schwager, a Democrat, and Vernon Mayor Harry Shortway, a Republican.

“It’s not about partisan politics,” Gottheimer says in the ad. “It’s about Jersey values.”

Shortway isn’t the only Republican Gottheimer’s won over. Belvidere Mayor Joe Kennedy is also in the incumbent’s corner.

It’s not clear how much Gottheimer spent on the media buy, but the fifth district falls in one of the country’s most expensive media markets.

Though, whatever that figure may be, Gottheimer can afford it. At the end of June, the last date covered by the most recent round of FEC filings, Gottheimer had $4.5 million banked, the most of any New Jersey House candidate.

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article referred to Monmouth County Sheriff Michael Saudino as a Republican. He switched parties in 2016.

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