PATERSON, NJ - Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09) is expected back to work quickly after a Sunday surgical procedure to clear away blockages in his arteries, according to a statement released by his office Monday.

The statement read that after returning to New Jersey from Washington last week, Pascrell went to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson after experiencing indigestion and heartburn. His doctors expect the congressman to make a complete recovery from his surgical procedure.

Pascrell, who also tested negative for COVID-19, used the medical procedure as an opportunity to encourage others to get tested if they are showing symptoms, as all Americans can receive covered testing courtesy of the Families First and CARES Acts passed by Congress. It is also, the statement said, a lesson that even during the pandemic everyone should be attuned to their whole health and not be afraid to contact their physician for non-COVID symptoms of concern.

“The procedure should allow the congressman to get back to his active lifestyle,” Dr. Mark W. Connolly, Chairman, Department of Surgery at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, who performed the procedure, said. “While recovery varies from patient to patient, because of the congressman’s strength and normal heart function, I am confident that he will have a speedy recovery and be back serving the people of New Jersey within days.”