Fred Schneiderman, a businessman from Cresskill, has launched a campaign for the newly redrawn 5th congressional district against Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff).
“I’m running for the same reason that motivates most parents – I want my children to live in a color-blind, free market driven society that values hard work and opportunity,” Schneiderman said in a flyer promoting his candidacy.
Under the new congressional lines approved two weeks ago, the 5th district transformed from a swing district into one that clearly favors Democrats, with President Joe Biden winning the district by 12 points in 2020. The Cook Political Report, one of the country’s top election forecasters, rates the seat as “Likely Democratic.”
But for Schneiderman to worry about unseating Gottheimer, he’ll have to first defeat at least one better-known candidate in the Republican primary. Marine veteran Nick De Gregorio has said he’s still running in the 5th district, while 2020 nominee Frank Pallotta and board of education president Nick D’Agostino have not officially announced their plans.