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Republican Jewish Coalition backing Richter in NJ-3

Richter would become first Jewish GOP congressman from N.J. since Dick Zimmer left the House in 1997

By David Wildstein, July 22 2020 7:00 pm

The Republican Jewish Coalition has endorsed David Richter for Congress in New Jersey’s 3rd district.

“David is Jewish, a successful businessman, a strong supporter of President Trump, and a proud RJC leader from our New Jersey RJC Chapter, “said Sam Markstein, the group’s national political director in a fundraising pitch or Richter.  “The far-left group J Street has already raised over $28,000 to support the incumbent, Democrat Andy Kim.”

If he wins, Richter would become the first Jewish Republican in the New Jersey congressional delegation since Dick Zimmer (R-Delaware Township) gave up his seat in 1996 to run for the United States Senate.

Zimmer is one of just two Jewish Republicans to represent New Jersey in Congress.  The other was Isaac Bacharach (D-Atlantic City), who won a South Jersey House seat in 1914 and held the seat until 1936, when the coattails of President Franklin Roosevelt helped Vineland chicken farmer Elmer Wene beat him by a 50%-46% margin.

Boardwalk Empire fans might recall the congressman’s brother, Harry Bacharach, who served as mayor of Atlantic City in 1912, from 1916 to 1920 and again from 1930 to 1935.

New Jersey has had five other Jewish congressmen: Charles Joelson (D-Paterson), who won his first of five terms in 1960; Herb Klein (D-Clifton), who held Joelson’s old seat from 1993 to 1995; Steve Rothman (D-Englewood), who represented a mostly Bergen County district from 1997 to 2013; John Adler (D-Cherry Hill), a congressman from 2009 to 2011; and Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff), who is now serving his second term in the House.

New Jersey’s online Jewish U.S. Senator was Frank Lautenberg, who served from 1982 to 2001, and again from 2003 until his death in 2013.

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