The American Action Network, a conservative issue advocacy group, will spend “well into five figures” in New Jersey’s 5th district on a new digital ad slamming Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) for agreeing to support the Biden administration’s $3.5 trillion spending plan.
Gottheimer, a three-term North Jersey congressman and chairman of the Problem Solvers Caucus, has emerged as a national leader of a group of moderate Democrats that had sought an immediate vote on an infrastructure bill passed by the U.S. Senate – and leveraged their support for full proposal unless they got their way.
After negotiating with Gottheimer directly, Pelosi agreed to post the infrastructure bill for a vote in late September.
The ad includes clips of Gottheimer on news shows, interspersing the voice of a narrator with Gottheimer, Pelosi and a TV pundit.
Script: “(Narrator) Congressman Josh Gottheimer claimed to work for you, not Nancy Pelosi. (Gottheimer). We don’t work for a national political party, we work for our district. —I think it’s very important that we that we don’t back off of this path which is voting first on infrastructure. (Narrator) But Josh Gottheimer sold out New Jersey to advance Pelosi’s Socialist wish list. (Pundit) Boy, the sold out pretty quick and pretty cheap. (Pelosi) I was pleased that we were able to get 100% of the Democrats. (Narrator) Call Josh Gottheimer. Tell him to vote against Pelosi’s trillion dollar spending plan.”
“Josh Gottheimer betrayed the promises (he) made to (his) constituents – and now they have to answer for it,” said AAN president Dan Conston. “This bill will raise taxes, heighten inflation, and make life less expensive for working families, all to fund Pelosi’s far-left political agenda. If these so-called ‘moderates’ want to show their promises to stand up to Pelosi were anything more than a hollow act, then they need to vote no when it comes back for a final vote.”
Gottheimer flipped a House seat Republicans had held for 36 years until he ousted seven-term Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage) in 2016. Donald Trump won the 5th district by one point in that year, but Joe Biden carried it by five points in 2020.