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If Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) wants to avoid a progressive challenge in the Democratic primary by switching parties and running for re-election as a Republican, Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt wants to make it clear that door is permanently closed.
Steinhardt says he won’t let Gottheimer weasel his way to victory by flipping parties in New Jersey’s 5th district, which he insists leans right.
“Josh Gottheimer might be in a place where he needs friends, but he won’t find them in the Republican Party in CD-5,” said Steinhardt. “As a County Chairman in his district, I can tell you that the liberal Representative isn’t welcome on a Republican ballot.”
Glen Rock Councilwoman Arati Kreibich announced today that she will challenge Gottheimer from the left in the June 2020 primary. She says Gottheimer votes with Donald Trump more than any other Democratic congressman.
Steinhardt is taking a pass on this one pro-Trump Democrat.
“He helped Nancy Pelosi circumvent generations of House rules to call President Trump a racist, and he has endorsed one of the most liberal presidential candidates in the 2020 race, Cory Booker,” said Steinhardt. “Congressman Gottheimer is either going to lose in this Democratic primary or the general election to a Republican challenger.”
Three Republicans have entered the race to run against Gottheimer or Kreibich: Montvale Mayor Michael Ghassali, self-funding Wall Street executive Frank Pallotta, and former Cresskill Councilman John McCann, who ran against Gottheimer in 2018.