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Bergen County Republican Chairman Jack Zisa.

Zisa says GOP can beat Gottheimer in 2020

Bergen GOP chairman welcomes Pallotta to race, but stops short of endorsement

By David Wildstein, May 14 2019 5:08 pm

Bergen County Republican chairman Jack Zisa says that Republicans “have an excellent chance” to unseat Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) next year in New Jersey’s 5th district.

Zisa, a former mayor of Hackensack, welcomed potential self-funder Frank Pallotta into the race, but stayed clear of endorsing anyone for the chance to take on Gottheimer, a Democrat who won a House seat in 2016 that the GOP had held for 36 years.

“Frank is a good candidate, one of many good Republican candidates that are going to seek the nomination to face off against Rep. Josh Gottheimer in 2020,” Zisa said.  “Frank has strong private sector experience and a sound economic background — and I believe his values reflect that of the majority of the hard-working people in the fifth congressional district. We can look forward to honest and informed debate among the Republican candidates seeking the Republican nomination for Congress.”

Former Cresskill councilman John McCann announced in March that he would seek a rematch of his 2018 race against Gottheimer.  Montvale mayor Mike Ghassali is also mulling a bid for the GOP congressional nomination.

“Our nation’s economy is doing extremely well; people have good paying jobs and they have hope for future,” Zisa said. “Company profits are up, hiring is up and investments are being made now that will create a stronger economy and more good paying jobs in the future.

Zisa says that Republicans “are on the right side of the issues – including immigration — and that the liberal Democrats are on the wrong side of the issues and they are drifting further to the extreme left every week.”

“The American people- especially those living in the Fifth District – don’t want socialism; they don’t want government-controlled health care; they don’t want higher taxes; they don’t want open borders,” said Zisa. “They want economic opportunity and freedom — and that’s what Republicans are giving them.

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