Glen Rock Councilmember to Challenge Rep. Gottheimer for Democratic Nomination

Glen Rock Councilwoman Arati Kreibich announced Monday that she will challenge incumbent Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-5) for next year’s Democratic Party nomination in the 5th Congressional District.

A moderate Democrat, Gottheimer is a founding member and co-chair of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus. The Problem Solvers Caucus believes Congress needs to set aside partisanship to work together to solve urgent national issues, the antithesis to the current hyper-partisanship that has engulfed Capitol Hill.  As a result, he has been a target of criticism by the far-left faction of the Democrat party, particularly the group that has become known as “The Squad.”

Serving his second term, Rep. Gottheimer is a member of the House Financial Services Committee where he has been a supporter of regulatory modernization, and credit unions.  

Similar to members of “The Squad”, Councilwoman Kreibich supports the Green New Deal, Medicare for all, free tuition at public colleges and universities, and is in favor of beginning impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. She opposes Rep. Gottheimer’s “efforts to roll back critical regulations protecting us from the next financial crisis.”

Gottheimer defeated then incumbent GOP Rep. Scott Garrett in 2016 to become the first Democrat to represent the North Jersey district in 84 years. He easily won a second term last November.

This time, he has been targeted by the National Republican Congressional Committee along with the four New Jersey freshmen elected last year.

In addition to Kreibich’s a primary challenge, at least two Republicans, John McCann, the general counsel to the NJ Sheriffs Association and Gottheimer’s 2018 opponent, and retired investment banker Frank Pallotta, have already raised money to oppose him in the general election.