NORTH JERSEY — After the unofficial primary results showed Dr. Arati Kreibich’s defeat against Congressman Josh Gottheimer for a seat on the U.S. House of Representatives for New Jersey's fifth congressional district, she has publicly conceded her loss to the two-term incumbent.
In a statement to the press, Kreibich said she would vote for Gottheimer in November and was proud of her campaign.
"This fight is more important than ever," Kreibich said in a statement. "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.”
She continued, "My parents never dreamed that their daughter — who immigrated to the U.S. at 11 — would become a neuroscientist, Glen Rock council member and candidate for Congress. "I am so proud of our campaign."
The unofficial election results showed that Gottheimer had received 69% of the vote against Kreibich’s 31%, or 4,995 and 2,246, respectively.
After his win, Gottheimer said he was "honored and humbled" by the "overwhelming support" he received from voters.
"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," he stated. "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."
He continued, "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."
Despite Kreibich’s loss, many people rallied around her for Congresswoman and thought her background could serve as an asset in these difficult times.
In a letter to the editor at TAPinto, Pat Henry, voiced his support for the first-time candidate. The self-professed “immune compromised senior” said he’s terrified of Covid-19. Referencing the deaths from the potentially lethal virus in Paramus and Andover, he said that Dr. Kreibich could have had the foresight to see what was coming and taken steps to protect the elderly.
“She won’t pander to Wall Street, big corporations or Donald Trump,” he said.
In another letter, Sean Brennan, called Kreibich a “thoughtful, compassionate and natural leader” who has "demonstrated her commitment” to the community through “her relentless grass roots organizing” and her willingness to tackle new problems as a Glen Rock councilwoman who could challenge the status quo.
Gottheimer, however, said he was “eager” to work with all Democrats come Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 3.
"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,” he said. "I’m eager to work with all Democrats, in our 'big tent' Party, as we fight for victory in November.”