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House Democratic Conference Leader Hakeem Jeffries, left, with Rep. Josh Gottheimer, center, and Rev. Dr. Lester Taylor of the Community Baptist Church of Englewood, in Hackensack on October 8, 2022. (Photo: Gottheimer for Congress).

Hakeem Jeffries boosts — and courts — Gottheimer at N.J. event

House Democratic leader speaks at Hackensack prayer breakfast

By David Wildstein, October 09 2022 9:00 am

In what could be an audition to succeed Nancy Pelsoi as the top House Democrat, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries is in New Jersey  to headline a prayer breakfast organized by Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff), the leader of the Problem Solvers Caucus. 

Jeffries, the House Democratic Caucus Chairman, is considered a leading candidate for Speaker or Minority Leader, depending on where Democrats wind up after next month’s midterm election.  Gottheimer has emerged as a national leader of his party’s centrist wing and as one of the most prodigious fundraisers on Capitol Hill.

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries never backs down, gets in plenty of good trouble, and always makes sure the voices of the people are heard,” Gottheimer said.  “And I am very proud to stand with him as a friend and colleague.” 

Jeffries praised Gottheimer’s skills as a lawmaker.

“Josh Gottheimer is a leader who gets things done, solves problems for his community, delivers big results and puts people over politics,” the Brooklyn Democrat said.  “I look forward to our continued work together, as we fight for lower costs, better-paying jobs, tax relief and safer communities.”

The breakfast at the Mount Olive Baptist Church in Hackensack hosted by Rev. Dr. John O. Page, included prayers from Rev. Dr. Lester Taylor of the Community Baptist Church of Englewood, and Rev. Dr. Drew Kyndall Ross of New Hope Baptist Church of Hackensack. 

“The best way we can make change is to stand together as one community, to reach across faiths and backgrounds, to friends and neighbors —to fight hate and extremism,” Gottheimer said.  “That is the best way to fight back against those who want to reverse the progress we’ve made in that march toward equality … who want to limit economic and educational opportunity … who want to roll back women’s rights and voting rights … who want to limit our support for housing, veterans, and good policing … who want to undermine our basic American values, our Jersey values.”

Gottheimer and Jeffries were joined by Pastor Emeritus of Mount Olive Baptist Church Rev. Gregory J. Jackson, Rev. Preston E. Thompson Jr. of Ebenezer Baptist Church of Englewood, former Gov. James E. McGreevey, Bergen County NAACP President Jeff Carter, Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton, State Sen. Gordon Johnson (D-Englewood), former CWA leader Estina Baker, and Assemblywomen Shama Haider (D-Tenafly) and Ellen Park (D-Englewood Cliffs). 

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