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Dr. Mehmet Oz, a candidate for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, in 2018. (Photo: Milken Institute).

Oz meets N.J. Hall of Fame eligibility requirements, congressman says

Pascrell: ‘I know a New Jerseyan when I see one’

By David Wildstein, July 28 2022 11:55 am

Dr. Mehmet Oz is getting a boost from his longtime Democratic congressman, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson).

Pascrell sent a letter on Wednesday to the New Jersey Hall of Fame essentially certifying that Oz meets the residency requirements.

“I like to think I am a fair judge of Jersey character,” said Pascrell.  “I know a New Jerseyan when I see one.”

The cardiothoracic surgeon/TV doctor had spent most of his life in New Jersey before heading to Pennsylvania last year to seek the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.  Oz voted in New Jersey as recently as the 2020 presidential election

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman has made Oz’s New Jersey roots an issue in his campaign for the open U.S. Senate seat, where Republican Patrick Toomey is not seeking re-election.

Pascrell has been one Oz’s fiercest home state critics.

In 2012, Oz contributed $2,500 to Pascrell’s Republican opponent, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.   Pascrell has represented Cliffside Park since that year.

After reviewing the New Jersey Hall of Fame bylaws, Pascrell has determined that Oz is qualified for induction because he is a “deserving New Jerseyans.”

“While Dr. Oz did not invent the light bulb like ’08 inductee Thomas Edison or kick a World Cup-winning goal like ’17 inductee Carlee Lloyd, Dr. Oz did appear on Oprah Winfrey’s show over 60 times and Dr. Oz is as much a New Jerseyan as any of them,” Pascrell said.

Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday also called Oz is a Jersey guy.

“Based on everything I know, he lives in Bergen County,” Murphy said.

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