To those who say we need a real democrat in Congress – I agree. We need Josh Gottheimer; a real Democrat who works day in and day out to bring vital resources back into our District.

Over Representative Gottheimer’s last two terms in Congress, he has proven time and time again that he supports my Democratic values. He is a champion for voting rights, making health care more affordable, clean air and clean water, gun violence prevention, and promoting racial justice.

Gottheimer has the endorsements of Senator Cory Booker, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Everytown for Gun Safety, the Humane Society, Planned Parenthood, the Congressional Black Caucus, each County Democratic Committee in the District, and the list goes on. Saying he isn’t a real Democrat is shallow, and clearly wrong. To regurgitate the same skewed statistic against that fact repeatedly as “proof” is offensive and takes advantage of the electorate.

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Gottheimer not only has a track record of fighting for our shared Democratic values, but also for forming coalitions in Congress. What we do NOT need in the Fifth District is a hyper-partisan follower of “The Squad” who latches on to quixotic and far-fetched legislative goals that would skyrocket our already too-high taxes.

I mailed in my ballot to re-elect Congressman Josh Gottheimer, the first real Democrat the 5th district has had in eight decades. I hope you will join me.