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Pallotta hits Murphy over financial aid for undocumented students

Former investment banker running in CD5

By Nikita Biryukov, August 21 2019 4:29 pm

House candidate Frank Pallotta is taking aim at Gov. Phil Murphy in his bid to unseat Rep. Josh Gottheimer.

On Wednesday, the former investment banker launched an attack on the governor over financial aid given to students who are in the country illegally.

“At a time when our own citizens — including our veterans — are sick, struggling with crippling student loans and sleeping in the streets, why are we looking to provide free healthcare, tuition and housing to unauthorized immigrants?” Pallotta said. “Josh Gottheimer fails to call out and stand up to members of his own party even as they push policies that will lead our country into fiscal ruin and harm our citizens.”

Earlier this week, Murphy’s administration announced that roughly 700 undocumented students received more than $3.8 million in college financial aid last year, the first year they were eligible for such aid.

Before Gottheimer won it in 2016, New Jersey’s fifth congressional district was held by Republicans for decades.

Pallotta is one of three Republicans seeking the nod in the district. The self-funder faces former Cresskill Councilman John McCann, who unsuccessfully attempted to oust Gottheimer last year, and Montvale Mayor Michael Ghassali in the Republican primary.

Gottheimer faces a primary challenge from the left mounted by Glen Rock Councilwoman Arati Kreibich.

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