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Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) campaigns in Ridgewood on July 4, 2020.

Two GOP local elected officials head Republicans for Josh Gottheimer

By David Wildstein, October 09 2020 4:51 pm

Vernon Council President Harry Shortway and Teaneck Councilwoman Karen Orgen are heading up “Republicans for Josh” in support of Democrat Josh Gottheimer’s bid for re-election as the congressman from New Jersey’s 5th district.

“Since I first ran for Congress, I’ve recognized that all sides — Democrats, Republicans, and Independents — could and should come together for a common purpose, to tackle our toughest challenges, and to seize upon our great opportunities here in North Jersey,” Gottheimer said.  “Since the day I took my oath, I’ve been working to live up to that promise.”

Gottheimer faces Republican Frank Pallotta in the November 3 general election.

“At this time, having moderate voices that understand the need for reaching across the aisle while fighting for our first responders and residents is important to everyone in our district,” said Orgen. “Josh Gottheimer understands what is at stake and has fought for us.”

Shortway pointed to Gottheimer’s efforts to pass the Fairness to Kinds with Cancer Act and is work on environmental issues in Sussex County.

“Josh has continually reached across the aisle to solve national and the 5th district issues. Josh’s bipartisan approach has led to new environmental laws in New Jersey to help stop the illegal dirty dirt dumpers,” Shortway said.  “We all win when the Republicans and Democrats work together.”

In Congress, Gottheimer chairs the bi-partisan Problem Solver’s Caucus.  He received the top bipartisan ranking for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Jefferson–Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship, and the non-partisan Lugar Center ranked him as the most bipartisan Democrat in the House.

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