Rev. Gregory Jackson, the pastor of the politically influential Mount Olive Baptist Church in Hackensack, will serve as vice chairman of Rep. Josh Gottheimer’s re-election campaign in New Jersey’s 5th district.
“Josh Gottheimer has never forgotten that public service is about improving the lives of people
in our communities and fighting for the ideals that make North Jersey such a great place to call
home,” said Jackson, the longest-serving pastor in the 130-year history of the prestigious church. “As our Congressman, Josh has been passionate about bringing people together to make progress in any way he can to benefit this community.”
According to the Gottheimer campaign Jackson will head up voter outreach efforts in communities of color.
Gottheimer called Jackson “a pillar of this community.”
To know that he will be taking on this important role with my campaign means the world to me,” the congressman said. “Rev. Jackson has not only blessed and inspired his congregation with his wisdom, compassion and spiritual guidance for more than three decades, but he has selflessly dedicated his life to helping others, lifting up those in need and building a stronger community.”
Jackson has been at his Hackensack church since 1984.
“No matter the challenge, we can always count on him to fight for us, to put our families ahead of political expediency and to celebrate our differences – knowing they are our greatest strength,” Jackson said. “It’s so important we have Josh in Congress and we must stop at
nothing to prevent the seat from falling into the hands of another Tea Party extremist.”
Gottheimer is seeking re-election to his third term in a politically competitive district carried by Donald Trump in 2016. That year, Gottheimer flipped a House seat held by Republicans since 1980, upsetting seven-term incumbent Scott Garrett (R-Wantage).
He faces a primary challenge from Glen Rock councilwoman Arati Kreibich. Six Republicans are competing for the GOP nod to challenge him.