PARAMUS, NJ -- Monday morning, Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) received the endorsement of the New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association (NJSPBA). The powerful police union has 33,000 members, and its endorsement of Gottheimer in 2016 was viewed as a key component of his victory over then-incumbent Congressman Scott Garrett. 

According to a statement from Gottheimer's office, he helped secure a $1.875 million grant last year for Paramus to hire and train five new police officers, as part of the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Program. The borough plans to fill all five positions with post-9/11 veterans.

“In just a short amount of time, [Congressman Josh Gottheimer] has really proven to be a fierce, loyal advocate for law enforcement, fire[fighters] and all first responders,” said NJSPBA President Patrick Colligan. “Most recently, something that touches this community very dearly is the school bus legislation for the harnesses. How have we gone this long without three-point harnesses for the children that transit this state every day?  Josh’s advocacy for first responders does not just touch this district, he touches officers throughout this country. So I proudly stand here and wholeheartedly give the New Jersey State PBA endorsement to Congressman Josh Gottheimer for re-election.”

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In his first term, Gottheimer has been a leading bipartisan advocate for law enforcement and first responders, working across the aisle with the PBA and Fraternal Order of Police, including crossing party lines to vote for the Thin Blue Line Act. A member of both the bipartisan Law Enforcement Caucus and the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, Gottheimer is one of just two Democrats to have earned a perfect 100% score from the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) for his support of the men and women who serve our communities.  

“And, in this era, where too many people, including those in public life, have forgotten all that you do, the risks you take, and the respect you deserve, I stated that you would have a new champion in the halls of Congress,” said Gottheimer. “While there’s plenty left to do, I’ve worked hard every day, since then, to live up to those commitment

Also at Monday's endorsement event were Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco, Paramus Council Member Holly Tedesco-Santos and Paul Siemon, Paramus PBA Local 186 Delegate.  

The Republican candidate for Congress in the November 6th election is John McCann, an Oakland resident and General Counsel to the New Jersey Sheriffs Association.