For immediate release: October 9, 2020

Contact: Sam Dorn, (914) 582-3208


Local GOP Elected Officials, Business Leaders and Residents Back Gottheimer’s Re-Election Campaign

WYCKOFF, NJ — Today, Friday, October 9, 2020, local Republican elected officials, business leaders, and residents from across the Fifth District joined Josh Gottheimer in a virtual conversation to launch “Republicans for Josh,” a group of North Jersey residents who have crossed party lines to support Gottheimer’s campaign for reelection.

Local residents who took part in the “Republicans for Josh” endorsement event included: Vernon Township Council President Harry Shortway, Teaneck Council Member Karen Orgen, President of McGee Amusements Joseph Bossolina; Lauren Cohen, CEO of Lauren Cohen Nutrition; Bergen resident Randy Lyn Ketive, and Sussex resident Laura Lai-Minteer.

“Since I first ran for Congress, I’ve recognized that all sides — Democrats, Republicans, and Independents — could and should come together for a common purpose, to tackle our toughest challenges, and to seize upon our great opportunities here in North Jersey. Since the day I took my oath, I’ve been working to live up to that promise. That’s meant fighting with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to help lower taxes, chart a bipartisan path forward for COVID-19 relief, cut out-of-date regulations, support our small businesses, and stand up for Jersey Values. I’ve also had the honor of serving as the Co-Chair of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, to have received the top bipartisan ranking for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Jefferson–Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship, and ranked as the most bipartisan Democrat by the non-partisan Lugar Center. I’m so grateful to all those who are standing with me, who believe, as I do, in fiscal responsibility and Jersey Values, not rigid extremist views that hold our country back,” said Josh Gottheimer.

“Josh has continually reached across the aisle to solve national and the Fifth District issues. Josh’s bipartisan approach has led to new environmental laws in New Jersey to help stop the illegal dirty dirt dumpers. The Fairness to Kids with Cancer Act will invest in funding cures for children suffering from cancer. Both legislative actions are just two examples of Josh’s efforts to improve the safety and well-being of people. We all win when the Republicans and Democrats work together,” said Vernon Township Council President Harry Shortway.

“At this time, having moderate voices that understand the need for reaching across the aisle while fighting for our first responders and residents is important to everyone in our District. Josh Gottheimer understands what is at stake and has fought for us,” said Teaneck Council Member Karen Orgen

Josh is one of the most bipartisan members of Congress. He works hard to come to compromises and he works with people to get things done. It’s by working with each other, instead of against each other, that real change will happen. Josh Gottheimer is the right person to make it happen,” said Eileen Hillock, President Glen Rock Dog Park Non-Profit.

Below: Josh Gottheimer speaks with members of “Republicans for Josh”today.

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First elected in 2016, Congressman Josh Gottheimer proudly represents New Jersey’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes 79 towns in Bergen, Passaic, Sussex and Warren Counties. By bringing people together, fighting for lower taxes and affordable health care, and standing up for Jersey Values, Josh is getting things done for our families and our country.