Two Democratic mayors want Arati Kreibich to stop sending volunteers door-to-door in search of votes for Tuesday’s Democratic congressional primary in New Jersey’s 5th district.
“Such a step could potentially expose thousands of vulnerable New Jerseyans to the virus and seriously set back our efforts at curbing this pandemic,” said Mayors Dianne Didio of Oradell and Keith Misciagna of Park Ridge. “This is no time for politics. We call on all campaigns to cease door-to-door programs until new public health guidance is released.”
Kreibich relaunched her canvassing effort in her bid to defeat two-term Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff), but her campaign says there is no hand contact with voters.
“As mayors, we have worked tirelessly over the past few months with the Governor to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Didio, Misciagna and former Teaneck Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin. “By emphasizing the importance of wearing masks and practicing social distancing, we have flattened the curve, but our fight is not finished.”
The three are supporting Gottheimer for re-election.
Gottheimer says that his campaign team and volunteers will not campaign door-to-door in advance of the upcoming primary.
“Scientists, medical doctors, and public health experts have all strongly discouraged activities that risk bringing people into close contact, as going door-to-door does,” Gottheimer said. “New Jersey has been hit hard by the pandemic, but the extraordinary efforts of our frontline health care workers, first responders, and our families have helped us flatten the curve and save lives. I hope that all candidates for office will respect these important guidelines.”