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Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff). Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Gottheimer takes on Ocasio-Cortez

New Jersey Democrat: ‘Since when is it okay to put you on a Nixonian list?’

By David Wildstein, March 01 2019 11:10 pm

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) is leading the charge against threats by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) to help liberals mount primary challenges against moderate Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Being unified means ensuring that Democrats aren’t primarying other sitting Democrats,” Gottheimer told the Washington Post. “Since when is it okay to put you on a Nixonian list? We need to have a big tent in our party, or we won’t keep the House or win the White House.”

Gottheimer and Reps. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair), Andy Kim (D-Marlton) and Jeff Van Drew (D-Middle) were among the 26 Democrats who joined with House Republicans in support of an amendment requiring U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) be notified if an illegal immigrant seeks to buy a gun.

The Washington Post reported earlier today that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “lashed out” at the moderates, including the four New Jerseyans.

“We are either a team or we’re not, and we have to make that decision,” the Post reported Pelosi as saying in a closed-door meeting of the Democratic caucus.

Seven New Jersey Democrats, including freshman Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Rocky Hill), voted against the amendment.  Hours after the vote, Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt issued a statement slamming Malinowski.

The controversy follows a Republican amendment on a gun control measure that is one of the cornerstones of the House Democratic agenda during their first 100 days in the majority.  The bill mandated background checks for most gun purchases.

Republicans amended the bill to include the ICE requirement.  Twenty-six Democratic House members voted for the amendment, including the four New Jerseyans.

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3 thoughts on “Gottheimer takes on Ocasio-Cortez

  1. We are living in a time when the future of the very republic is on the line. For 2 years Republicans have enabled the rise of an autocratic power grab that has resulted in an emergency declaration in order to pull an end run around the constitutional checks and balances.
    The Blue Dog Democrats pragmatically seek to work across party lines in order to put country over party.
    Cortez apparently has ap0atently drawn a hard blue line that none shall cross.
    In this way the system is working 8n the marketplace of ideas. The question of course is which side will carry the day.
    Cortez seems to have the initiative because we are debating her agenda.

  2. OC threatens when she cannot convince with rational thought?

    My my my, just a common thug, after all

    I thought Representative’s were representing their people – not an ideology

    1. Alas, the gentle lady carries the mandate of the People that favored her. You’re argument is with them.

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