House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, the fourth-ranking member of the House Democratic leadership, today endorsed Rep. Josh Gottheimer for re-election to a third term in Congress.
“I am proud to endorse my good friend, Josh Gottheimer, because at this critical moment in our nation’s history we need leaders firmly committed to our core values of justice and equality and the ability to unite people to take on tough challenges,” Jeffries said.
Jeffries, a 49-year-old Brooklyn Democrat, is 30 years younger than the Democratic leaders – Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Majority Whip James Clyburn – and is considered a likely contender for House Speaker down the road.
He first made headlines in 2008 as a member of the New York State Assembly when he endorsed Barack Obama for president against New York Senator Hillary Clinton.
Jeffries praised Gottheimer’s tenure as the congressman from New Jersey’s 5th district and called his re-election in a district held by Republicans for 36 years until Gottheimer’s win in 2016, “essential to maintaining our majority in the House.”
“We have worked together on key issues ranging from criminal justice reform to clean air and water to affordable health care for all Americans,” Jeffries said. “I know Josh has also fought tirelessly for New Jersey, helping bring federal dollars back to the District.”
Jeffries endorsement follows an announcement today that Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Massachusetts) was endorsing Arati Kreibich, Gottheimer’s opponent in the July 7 Democratic primary.