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U.S. Senator Tom Cotton. (Photo: Michael Vadon).

Tom Cotton picks a horse in NJ-5 GOP primary

Arkansas Senator endorses Nick De Gregorio for Congress

By David Wildstein, May 24 2022 11:54 am

U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), a possible 2024 presidential candidate, is taking side sides in the Republican primary for Congress in New Jersey’s 5th district with an endorsement for Nick De Gregorio.

Cotton and De Gregorio are both combat veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Nick is the strong, conservative fighter we need in Congress to restore American values for our children,” said Cotton.  “Having led hundreds of Marines overseas in combat, Nick has both the right experience to make sound decisions in Congress and the integrity to stand up for what is right.”

Cotton has weighed in on New Jersey House primaries before.  He was an early supporter of Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains) in his successful 2018 primary to replace retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen.

In his endorsement, Cotton took a shot at the incumbent De Gregorio hopes to take on this fall.

“Fifth district families are tired of Josh Gottheimer making empty promises while he supports a radical liberal agenda that empties our wallets, opens our borders, and kicks parents out of the classroom,” Cotton stated.

De Gregorio faces former investment banker Frank Pallotta in the June 7 Republican primary.  Pallotta is making his second run for Congress after losing to Gottheimer in 2020.

Bergen County Republicans are backing De Gregorio, but Pallotta has support from Republicans in Passaic and Sussex.

“I could not be more grateful to have the support of a true leader who has seen tough fights both on the battlefield and in Congress,” De Gregorio said.  “I look forward to working with Senator Cotton as a colleague in the House to strengthen America’s position in the world and reverse the disastrous effects of the Biden-Gottheimer Agenda on fifth district families.”

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