The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) for re-election, giving the two-term congressman from New Jersey’s 5th district the support of the nation’s largest pro-business group.
“He has a proven track record of legislating responsibly and standing up for good policies,” said Thomas J. Donohue, the U.S. Chamber CEO.
Gottheimer told business leaders on in a virtual meeting today that negotiations for COVID relief funding is one of the country’s top priorities today.
“It’s tough slogging after the White House’s announcement yesterday to leave the negotiations. I’m really hopeful that we can get everyone back to the table,” he said. “You don’t quit on the American people. You keep fighting for them.”
He said another round of funding is hugely important to his district and the state.
“When I first ran, the message was make sure you always fight for your small businesses, make sure you always fight to keep good paying jobs at home, and that’s what the Chamber of Commerce cares about,” Gottheimer said. “That’s always been my focus — making sure we can grow the economy here in New Jersey.”
Gottheimer also has the endorsement of top labor groups, including the New Jersey AFL-CIO, the New Jersey Education Association, and the New Jersey and Bergen County Building and Construction Trades Council.
The organization supported Gottheimer for re-election in 2018. The group had traditionally leaned Republican, but has supported dozens of Democratic House members seeking re-election in 2020, including Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown).
But the U.S. Chamber has still endorsed more Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr., who is challenging Rep. Tom Malinowski in the 7thd district.
“In difficult times, we are reminded of the importance of having leaders that understand the genius of the American system of government and free enterprise and who are willing to tackle the hard problems that confront our nation,” Donohue said. “As our nation faces many challenges and is collectively working to not just reopen our economy but return to growth and expanded opportunities for all Americans, we need leaders like Rep. Josh Gottheimer.”
Gottheimer ousted seven-term Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage) in 2016.
In 2017, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce helped torpedo President Donald Trump’s nomination of Garrett as chairman of the Export-Import Bank. The Republican-controlled Senate Banking Committee voted 10-13 against sending Garrett’s nomination to the full Senate after Republicans Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) and Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota) joined with committee Democrats to vote against him.