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Reps. Josh Gottheimer and Bill Pascrell gave the four freshman members of New Jersey’s congressional delegation high marks Monday.
“They are great. They’re good Democrats, but they’re diverse. They all come from different districts, we all come from different districts,” Pascrell said. “I think they’re doing a good job, primarily because they’re doing a good job for the people in their district.”
Reps. Mikie Sherrill, Andy Kim, Jeff Van Drew and Tom Malinowski won four Republican-held house seats last year, making Rep. Chris Smith the lone Republican member of New Jersey’s congressional delegation.
Aside from Malinowski, who has struck something of a progressive line during his first eight months in office, the first-term congresspeople have largely played towards the center since taking office in January.
“We work very closely on fighting for gateway, fighting for roads and bridges and tunnels. That’s all a big priority of ours,” Gottheimer, who is a moderate, said. “I think we’re all very focused on reinstating SALT and getting tax cuts, tax relief for people, fighting offshore drilling, standing by our air and our water. Our offices and all of us work very closely together, and as you know it’s really important that we stand united.”
Gottheimer, who won his first term in 2016, hedged on whether he was happy to see the first-term congresspeople follow his line.
“I think they should do the best for people they represent,” Gottheimer said. “As long as we’re all fighting for jersey together, that’s what’s most important to me.”