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Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) at the Newton Fire House No. 2 on February 8, 2020. (Photo: Office of Rep. Josh Gottheimer).

State firefighters union endorses Gottheimer

Donnelly says North Jersey Congressman ‘always gets our backs’

By David Wildstein, July 12 2022 12:00 pm

Touting his record in support of first responders, the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association has endorsed Rep. Josh Gottheimer D-Wyckoff) for re-election to Congress in New Jersey’s 5th district.

“Josh always gets our backs.  That’s what he promised when he first ran, and his record shows that he’s always delivered for New Jersey’s bravest,” said Eddie Donnelly, the NJ FMBA president.  “He has been a fierce champion for New Jersey’s first responders.”

The state’s largest firefighters union was an early supporter of Gottheimer in his 2016 bid to unseat seven-term Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage).  At the time, Donnelly slammed Garrett for failing to support legislation  that guaranteed health care for first responders experiencing health issues related to their response to the World Trade Center on 9/11.

“Josh has fought to bring real dollars back from Washington for our firefighters, EMT’s and dispatchers for manpower, training, and equipment,” Donnelly said.  “More than dollars and cents, Josh has fought for the safety of our men and women who run towards danger to protect New Jersey families.”

Gottheimer estimates that he has “clawed back” more than $5.3 million in Assistance to Firefighters grants from moocher states, and has helped bring $10 million in federal dollars back to his district for local fire departments under the American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program.

“I first ran for Congress, I promised to fight to ensure that our firefighters and all our first responders had the training, resources, and support they needed to protect themselves and their communities, said Gottheimer.  “Since being sworn in, I’ve worked every day to fulfill that promise and support those who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe.”

The FMBA has over 5,500 members and is the largest firefighters union in New Jersey.

Gottheimer faces Republican Frank Pallotta, a former investment banker, in the November general election.

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