GLEN ROCK, NJ - Incumbent Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) commented this afternoon on his primary win yesterday in which he was challenged by local councilwoman Arati Kreibich, who conceded this morning.
"I am honored and humbled by the overwhelming support we received in this election," he said. "It is a decisive endorsement of our Democratic ideas and Jersey Values, from affordable health care and racial justice, to clean water and lower taxes for our families.
"I can’t thank our grassroots team of volunteers and supporters enough, and the leaders of our Party and elected officials who stood with me from day one. I’m also very grateful to my incredible campaign team, who worked around-the-clock to help make this happen, and to my beautiful and brilliant wife and our two wonderful children, for always standing by me.
"It’s more important than ever that Americans need to be politically and civically active, and Arati’s engagement is a good example of the responsibility we all have as citizens. I’m eager to work with all Democrats, in our “big tent” Party, as we fight for victory in November.
"We are facing serious challenges as a country, perhaps more significant than ever. I remain convinced that the only way to overcome them is if we come together as Americans, not tear each other down. We live in the greatest country in the world, and I know that, if we work together, we can solve any problem, and our best days will always be ahead of us.
Kreibich conceded this morning in this statement:
“We’ve always known this would be a tough fight, and last night it became clear that we came up short. Josh Gottheimer will be our Democratic nominee, and I intend to vote for him and Democrats up and down the ballot in November. Trump and the GOP must be defeated.
“This fight is more important than ever—we’ve seen time and time again the damage done to immigrants, women, and people of color when our party is undermined by conservative forces. That’s why we must elect real Democrats who go to battle for working families rather than the machine.
“I am so proud of our campaign for flourishing despite everything the establishment threw at us. We mobilized over 1,100 volunteers, raised more from small dollar donors than all the other candidates from both parties in NJ-5 combined, and earned the support of an incredible local and national coalition.
“My parents never dreamed that their daughter—who immigrated to the US at 11—would become a neuroscientist, Glen Rock council member, and candidate for Congress. I have no words for the gratitude I feel for everyone who helped me get here. It is because of all of you I decided to step up and run, and it is because of you I am not going anywhere. The work continues.”