Republican House candidate Frank Pallotta attacked Rep. Josh Gottheimer over his endorsement of billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
“In his second attempt at a Presidential endorsement, Josh Gottheimer today joined New Jersey Democrats in selling out to billionaire Mike Bloomberg. Gottheimer has aligned himself with a corporate authoritarian who wants to tell us what to eat, what to drink and what to think,” Pallotta said. “He has pledged to raise taxes and has made dehumanizing and demoralizing comments about our minority communities, while belittling the small businesses and rural farmers who are the backbone of America.”
Like most prominent New Jersey politicians, Gottheimer initially backed U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, whose campaign failed to find much footing in a crowded primary field.
His endorsement of Bloomberg, who has spent millions on television ads and campaign infrastructure from his own pocket since entering the race in November, has drawn fire from both sides of the aisle.
Arati Kreibich, a progressive mounting a primary challenge against Gottheimer from the left, attacked he congressman for the endorsement Thursday.
“Bloomberg has trampled on our Bill of Rights, and as his past words and actions have proven, would undo the historic criminal justice reforms enacted by President Trump,” Pallotta said. “In the era of #MeToo, Mike Bloomberg has a documented history of sexual harassment in the companies he owns — kept quiet through the use of coercive Non-Disclosure Agreements. Here’s another example of Josh Gottheimer — much like his impeachment vote — promising to do one thing, only to embarrass our district in the end.”
The Republican State Committee also bashed Gottheimer for his choice.
“I can’t imagine what Josh Gottheimer saw in Mike Bloomberg last night that made him jump off his couch and fire off an endorsement press release, but North Jersey voters won’t be fooled by his bi-partisan facade,” said Phil Valenziano, the state party executive director. “It took a hard tack to the left for Gottheimer to get behind Bloomberg and that is right in line with his record in Washington. ”
This story was updated at 4:20 PM with comment from the New Jersey Republican State Committee.