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Rep. Josh Gottheimer. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Gottheimer raises $100k for Biden

Biden campaign chairman Steve Ricchetti attended congressman’s virtual fundraiser

By David Wildstein, September 10 2020 2:06 pm

The Human Fundraising Machine is helping Joe Biden.

Rep. Josh Gottheimer raised more than $100,000 last night at a virtual fundraiser with Steve Ricchetti, Biden’s campaign chairman and a longtime confidante of the Democratic presidential candidate.

Ricchetti served as Bill Clinton’s deputy White House Chief of Staff during the same time Gottheimer was a White House speechwriter.  He’s a former executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and served as Biden’s chief of staff from 2013 to 2016.

Gottheimer reported more than $8.8 million ash-on-hand in his 2nd quarter filing with the Federal Election Commission and more than $5.7 million during the current cycle.  He’s raised in excess of $17.24 million since becoming a candidate for Congress in 2015.

That number doesn’t include more than $2 million raised for other Democratic candidates.

Gottheimer unseated seven-term Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage) in 2016 by four percentage points and was re-elected by sixteen points in 2018.

Donald Trump carried New Jersey’s 5th district by one percentage point in 2016– a 4,089-vote plurality.

The district now has 16,765 more Democrats than Republicans.  That’s a shift from a GOP registration advantage of 2,370 on Election Day 2016.

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