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Montvale Mayor to Bid for GOP nod against Gottheimer

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Montvale NJ, This week Montvale Mayor Mike Ghassali became the latest candidate to announced he is seeking the Republican nomination for the 5th Congressional District in 2020:

“Friends, I am honored to announce my candidacy for U.S. Congress. Please join me at the official announcement ceremony and a rally on July 1st.”

Ghassali has voiced outspoken opposition to Sanctuary status for New Jersey.

Ghassali joins former Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley banking executive Frank Pallotta and 2018 nominee John McCann, a former councilman, in the race to face off against Josh Gotteimer

The winner will face-off with incumbent Democrat Josh Gottheimer.

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Pallotta for Congress Responds to Intercept Article: ‘Gottheimer: Bad Votes. Bad Boss. Bad Guy’

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Mahwah NJ, Pallotta for Congress spokesman Pete Sheridan released the following statement in response to The Intercept article Rep. Josh Gottheimer is a Really, Really Terrible Boss, Former Staffers Say:

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A PUBLIC TOWN HALL WITH QUESTIONS FROM CONSTITUENTS FOR REP JOSH GOTTHEIMER IN NJ CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 5

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Ridgewood NJ, Congressman Josh Gottheimer has been invited to a public town hall on April 22 by a coalition of 13 grassroots groups who are his constituents in NJ Congressional District 5. While the Representative’s attendance is not expected, residents are encouraged to attend, ask questions, and share their concerns with their representative and each other. Everything will be shared with the Congressman following the event.

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H&R Block: average tax liability nationwide was down 25 percent while refunds were up 1 percent

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Ridgewood NJ, Josh Gottheimer and the socialist Democrats have continued to falsely vilify the GOP tax cuts that provided Americans with more money in their pockets.

And with Tax Day come and gone, there are some uncomfortable facts emerging that directly contradict Gottheimer’s bogus narrative.

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Former Investment Banker Forms Exploratory Committee for Future NJ Congressional District 5 Run

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Mahwah NJ, Former Investment Banking Executive Frank Pallotta, Forms Exploratory Committee for Future NJ Congressional District 5 Run

Frank Pallotta announced today that he has formed an exploratory committee of industry leaders and experts to begin a comprehensive assessment of the issues facing NJ, ahead of a potential run for US Congress in District 5 NJ. “I have decided to seriously consider the possibility of seeking the Republican party’s nomination to run in 2020 against former Clinton speech writer, Josh Gottheimer,” said Pallotta. “In the coming months, I plan to travel the district to meet with residents, town officials and party leaders to discuss the current challenges facing our district, state and country,” stated Pallotta.

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Gottheimer, Leads Charge to Condemn Anti-Semitic Rhetoric of Fellow Democrat

“For nearly two weeks, Rep. @IlhanMN has avoided meeting with me to discuss why anti-Semitic tropes like these are hurtful to so many Americans. There is absolutely no place for this rhetoric in Congress — or anywhere.”

Gottheimer, Luria Lead Letter Urging House Leadership to Condemn Anti-Semitic Rhetoric :

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Congressman Gottheimer Celebrates Year of the Pig !

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PARAMUS NJ, Saturday, February 9, 2019, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) celebrated the Lunar New Year with Asian-American community groups from across North Jersey at Garden State Plaza in Paramus. The celebration consisted of traditional dances and performances by community groups and activities for kids and families.

“We have such a diverse community here in North Jersey and it’s part of what makes North Jersey such a special place to live,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5). “Thank you to all the organizers and performers for putting together such a great event to celebrate the Lunar New Year here with our family, friends, and neighbors.”

Video from the event can be found HERE.

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US Senate overwhelmingly passed criminal justice reform bill backed and promoted by President Trump

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Washington DC, The US Senate overwhelmingly passed a criminal justice reform bill backed and promoted by President Trump on Tuesday night.The First Step Act passed on a vote of 87 to 12, with dozens of Republicans joining all the Democratic senators in approving the bill.

Congressmen Tom Reed (NY-23) and Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05), Co-Chairs of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, released to the following statement:
“The Problem Solvers Caucus was proud to put our full weight behind the FIRST Step Act more than six months ago. This bill betters our communities, improves the lives of thousands and saves taxpayers money. Congress must continue to craft and pass more bipartisan legislation like the FIRST Step Act.”

Trump congratulated the Senate in a tweet soon after it passed , “America is the greatest Country in the world and my job is to fight for ALL citizens, even those who have made mistakes. Congratulations to the Senate on the bi-partisan passing of a historic Criminal Justice Reform Bill,” he tweeted. He went on , “This will keep our communities safer, and provide hope and a second chance, to those who earn it. In addition to everything else, billions of dollars will be saved. I look forward to signing this into law!”

The bill will make sweeping changes to the criminal justice system if signed into law, including making it easier for some prisoners to earn early release to halfway houses and protecting first-time offenders from mandatory minimum sentences.

Jared Kushner said in a USA Today editorial  in November , “The administration also worked with Congress to draft the FIRST STEP Act, legislation which seeks to strengthen recidivism reduction and evidence-based reentry programs for inmates in federal prisons. We continue to work with the law enforcement and faith and business communities to find ways to get people leaving prison properly reintegrated into society.”

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Reader calls Gottheimer , “despicable “

I’ve heard many of my friends say “oh but Josh Gottheimer is so nice”. He’s not. He’s run the most disgusting and despicable campaigns I’ve seen in years. The lied about our former Congressman Scott Garrett two years ago and he’s at it again. I would never vote for a man like that.

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Congressional Candidate John McCannn Say’s Sheriff Michael Saudino must resign immediately

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Hackensack, NJ,in a statement yesterday CD5 GOP Candidate John McCannn said ,” Sheriff Michael Saudino must resign immediately. These comments are offensive and hurtful. I am saddened for the good men and women in law enforcement in Bergen County who do an outstanding job protecting us.

Just a few short weeks ago, Josh Gottheimer stood shoulder to shoulder with Sheriff Saudino, enjoying his endorsement. Now the question is will Congressman Gottheimer renounce Saudino’s endorsement? I encourage him to do that and not play politics by saying one thing and doing another.”