Congressman Gottheimer Visits with NJ CU Advocates at League’s GAC Dinner

WASHINGTON – The newest member of the state’s congressional delegation Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-5) joined New Jersey credit union advocates at a New Jersey Credit Union League dinner in Washington, DC Tuesday evening. The dinner was held for NJCUL-member credit unions that are in Washington this week for CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC).

Pictured left to right: XCEL FCU Board member Stacey Walker, XCEL FCU Board Chair Phyllis Ford, Congressman Gottheimer, and NJCUL Vice President of Corporate and Governmental Affairs Chris Abeel.

Gottheimer defeated seven-term Republican incumbent Scott Garrett in November and was named to the House Financial Services Committee.

An attorney, Gottheimer served as a speechwriter for Bill Clinton and as an advisor for the presidential campaigns of Wesley Clark, John Kerry, and Hillary Clinton. He has also worked for Burson-Marsteller, the Federal Communications Commission, Ford Motor Company, and Microsoft. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Harvard Law School.

New Jersey credit union advocates met with Gottheimer in January, an important opportunity to ensure he has a sound understanding of, and appreciation for, the credit union cooperative model, our values, and public policy concerns.

Gottheimer co-sponsored the Mortgage Choice Act (H.R. 1153), which would adjust Truth in Lending Act (TILA) mortgage rules by exempting from the qualified mortgage cap on points and fees any affiliated title charges and escrow charges for taxes and insurance.