The two centrist Democrats in the New Jersey congressional delegation will vote to impeach President Donald Trump.
Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) announced yesterday that he will support the proposed Articles of Impeachment. Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) said this morning that she would vote yes as well.
“The President has violated the very principles upon which our country was founded. He put his own political interests before our country, and has disregarded the rule of law and the powers granted to Congress by our Founding Fathers,” Sherrill said. “I believe these actions undermine the values of our country, the ideals I have sworn to protect, and our Constitution.”
Gottheimer said he “listened to testimony, reviewed all available evidence, including the Intelligence and Judiciary Committee reports and transcripts, listened to my constituents, and spoke with Constitutional experts.”
“Having considered all of the evidence and its impact on our national security, and given the Administration’s efforts to prevent Congress from executing our Constitutionally-mandated oversight responsibilities, I must, for the sake of our country, support the Articles of Impeachment,” Gottheimer said on Monday. “Given the deepening partisan divide of our country, and the all but certain dismissal in the Senate, I would have considered a different course — including censure — if it would have resulted in a strong, bipartisan refutation of the President’s actions. I worked to find Republican colleagues willing to hold the President accountable. However, not a single one was willing to support censuring the President.”
Frank Pallotta, a Republican looking to challenge Gottheimer, said that Gottheimer’s pledge to vote for impeachment “is as much a vote for Nancy Pelosi and the radical liberals of his Party as it is a betrayal of the voters of CD5.
“Josh has decided that liberal elites in Washington, D.C. should decide who the President is—not the American People,” said Pallotta. “When in Congress, I will focus on solutions for our district rather than partisan charades that are an embarrassment to the Republic.”