As we get closer to the November 8 election date, North-JerseyNews.com will post a weekly notebook of press releases produced by the candidates.
5th Congressional District
The state’s largest police union has endorsed Rep. Josh Gottheimer for re-election, overcoming a complicated relationship between the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association and the Democratic Party in recent elections.
Gottheimer is so far the only New Jersey Democrat to win the police union endorsement in a state where the PBA backed Donald Trump and several Republican congressional challengers in 2020 and declined endorse Gov. Phil Murphy for re-election last year.
“Congressman Josh Gottheimer has proven to be a fierce, loyal advocate for law enforcement, firefighters, and all first responder,” said Patrick Colligan, the state PBA president. “Josh’s advocacy for first responders does not just help his district, he fights for officers throughout the country. We thank him for his tireless work in Congress to pass his bill, the Invest to Protect Act, to support local law enforcement.”
The New Jersey State Troopers Fraternal Association., the second-largest police union in the state, endorsed Gottheimer earlier as well as the state’s firefighters union.
Republican Congressional Candidate Frank Pallotta issued the following statement on Rep. Josh Gottheimer’s hypocritical about-face on SALT deductions in Democrats’ new tax-and-spend bill:
“For the last 5 years, Congressman Gottheimer has bemoaned the cap on State and Local Tax (SALT) deductions in the federal tax code. I join him in his frustrations, but would not join him in his lack of action on the issue. In March 2021, when Democrats were plotting their massive 3.5 trillion dollar spending package (known as the ‘Build Back Broke’ bill), Gottheimer famously declared that he would not support any bill that did not fully restore SALT deductions: ‘No SALT, No Dice // No SALT, No Deal!’ he said. In April 2021, he doubled down at a press conference right here in New Jersey: ‘No SALT, no dice.’ In October 2021, the same thing: ‘No SALT, no dice!’ January of this year? You guessed it: ‘No SALT, no deal.’ No matter. In November 2021, Josh voted for the Build Back Broke bill anyway—with no removal of the SALT cap. Having not yet learned his lesson, when confronted with the Democrats’ latest spending spree legislation just last month, Josh repeated the same old line: ‘No SALT, no dice.’
But this week, Josh announced he would vote for the Inflation Increase Act that just passed the Senate. ‘No SALT, no deal is no more,’ reported Lindsey McPherson of CQ Roll Call as she broke the news of Gottheimer’s total reversal. Rep. Gottheimer has abandoned his constituents once again, putting us on the line for Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi’s wildest spending desires. Either Josh is caving to the radical left, or he never intended to keep his word in the first place. I’m not sure which is worse. The Congressman’s talk about being bipartisan and a “problem solver”, is just that—talk. He’s all talk, with no substance.”
7th Congressional District
This week, Tom Kean Jr. came out of hiding to oppose the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and its measures to reduce cost of living for middle class New Jerseyans. The overwhelming majority of Americans support the IRA’s provisions to lower the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs, and America’s leading 126 economists have said that by reducing the federal deficit, it will lower inflation.
By opposing the Inflation Reduction Act, Kean is telling voters that he opposes:
- Letting Medicare negotiate with pharmaceutical companies to lower drug prices, a policy 77% of New Jerseyans support;
- Capping out of pocket drug costs for seniors at $2,000 a year, and ensuring that no senior on Medicare pays more than $35 a month for insulin;
- Extending Affordable Care Act subsidies that are saving the typical New Jersey family with an ACA plan hundreds of dollars a month;
- Lowering the cost of clean American energy, so that New Jerseyans can afford it and so that our country, not China, dominates the technology of the future;
- Requiring corporations like Amazon and FedEx to pay more than zero taxes for the infrastructure and national defense they benefit from.
Tom Malinowski supports actually doing something to lower everyday costs for New Jerseyans and to fight inflation. Tom Kean. Jr., who has proposed no alternative policies, does not. It’s as simple as that.
“Tom Kean Jr. would rather protect Amazon from paying taxes than to protect seniors from the highest prescription drug prices in the world, or to keep health care affordable for middle class families,” said Malinowski. Meanwhile, I’m delivering legislation that will actually lower costs for New Jerseyans. He’d rather run on the problem of inflation. I’m focused on solving it.”
Former State Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. leads Rep. Tom Malinowski by eight points, 46-38%, among likely voters in the 7th congressional district, according to a new poll released by RMG Research on behalf of U.S. Term Limits.
The poll, which was conducted in late July, also tested President Joe Biden’s approval rating and found him at 41-59% in a district he would have carried by four points in 2020.
RMG Research, a B- pollster according to FiveThirtyEight’s pollster ratings, has conducted a large amount of congressional district polling in recent weeks for U.S. Term Limits, which advocates for term limits on members of Congress.
The Malinowski campaign didn’t have a lot of confidence in the poll as Naree Ketudat, a spokesperson for the Malinowski campaign, said “We are confident based on rigorous, unbiased polling conducted for our campaign that this race will go well for us. We would caution everyone to be suspicious of partisan polls, especially when issued by organizations that can’t even spell Congressman Malinowski’s name correctly, and that apparently pitted him against ‘Tom Kean,’ whom most New Jerseyans remember as our highly respected and moderate former governor, instead of Tom Kean Jr., who has pledged to have Donald Trump’s back ‘no matter what.’”
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small business advocacy organization, endorsed Tom Kean, Jr. for Congress in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District.
“We are proud to endorse Tom Kean, Jr. today,” said Eileen Kean, NFIB New Jersey State Director. “He had a strong pro-small business voting record during his time in the New Jersey Legislature and has been a reliable voice for New Jersey’s small businesses. We are confident Tom Kean, Jr. will remain an ally of small businesses in Congress.”
“Small businesses need strong representation in Congress,” said Sharon Sussin, NFIB Senior National Political Director. “Tom Kean, Jr. is an advocate for pro-small business issues, and we look forward to continuing to work with him in Washington.”
“I will be a strong advocate in Congress for the millions of small businesses and the jobs they provide that fuel our economy,” said Tom Kean, Jr. “I am confident that it will be small businesses, the innovators and job creators, who will lead our country out of this recession, and we need leaders in Washington, DC who will have their back.”
11th Congressional District
Paul DeGroot, former Passaic County prosecutor and Republican nominee for Congress in NJ-11, released the following statement upon learning that Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill has announced her pending yes vote for the “Inflation Reduction Act”, although it doesn’t include a provision to raise the SALT deduction cap.
“Another day, another bad decision from Congresswoman Sherrill. My opponent first campaigned for her seat on removing the SALT deduction cap, now she’s folding to an agenda that hurts the great people of our district,” said DeGroot. “In a time when New Jerseyans are struggling from the grocery store to the gas station, the last things we need are higher taxes and 87,000 new IRS agents. When I’m representing our district in Washington, you can believe I won’t abandon the people that sent me there.”
The Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE), a 14,000-member New Jersey union representing registered nurses and other health care workers, endorsed Rep. Mikie Sherrill’s re-election campaign this morning.
“Mikie has consistently displayed the leadership and vision that makes us proud to endorse her reelection to Congress in the 11th district of New Jersey,” HPAE President Debbie White said in a statement. “Whether it is advocating for safe working conditions for healthcare workers, or ensuring University Hospital has the support it needs to serve the public, Mikie has stood behind the nurses and healthcare workers across New Jersey.”
The Democratic candidates for Morris County Commissioner accepted the League of Women Voters’ (LWV) invitation to participate in a candidate forum to share their ideas and inform voters.
“We welcome and accept the League of Women Voter’s invitation to debate our Republican opponents,” said T.C. McCourt, Judy Hernandez, and Alicia Sharma. “The voters of Morris County deserve a frank and honest discussion of the issues we face today and will face in the future. We urge the Republican candidates to join us.”
Amalia Duarte, the Chair of the Morris County Democratic Committee, agreed. “The residents of Morris County should have an opportunity to hear from candidates seeking an office that controls more than $300 million of our tax dollars. This open forum will help voters get to know the candidates and be better informed about their beliefs and stances on issues impacting Morris County,” said Duarte.
McCourt, Hernandez, and Sharma have agreed to participate in a forum on either September 20, 21, or 29, either in-person or virtually, as proposed by the League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan, grassroots organization that facilitates debates for candidates at all levels of government.
The Passaic County Young Democrats elected their 2022 Executive Board, with Ahmet Akdag, from Clifton, serving as President of the organization alongside a new slate of members. Ahmet is also currently the Northern VP for the New Jersey Young Democrats and formerly the Secretary of PCYD.
Elected alongside Ahmet on the 2022 Executive Board is:
Habib Rahman-Kader (Vice President), Paterson
Enise Koc (Secretary), Haledon
Tom Bushnauskus (Treasurer), Hawthorne
Additional appointed positions will also be filled in the coming weeks.
“Our goal this year onwards is not only to provide our support for the upcoming elections but also to grow this organization to more completely reflect the diversity of our county. I believe that with our talented and dedicated team, we will be able to achieve and surpass this goal,” said President Ahmet Akdag. “We’re focused on engaging voters in the county, motivating communities to register to vote, and providing a voice and motivation for young Democrats to help Democratic candidates running for all levels of public office as well as guide a new generation of future Democratic candidates”.
With the midterm election season in swing, Passaic County Young Democrats will especially be focused on providing support and pitching in to campaigns in the county.
“We will strive to engage the diverse voters that make up Passaic County as well as empower young Democrats in the county,” said Vice-President Habib Rahman-Kader. “With our newly elected e-board, I am confident that our efforts will be successful through 2022 and onwards.”
The Morris Township Democratic Committee selected three candidates to fill a vacant position on the Morris Township Committee during a nominating convention held virtually.
The vacancy was created July 22nd with the resignation of Tara Olivo-Moore, a Democrat who was elected in 2021. Under New Jersey law, the municipal party committee of the party of the resigning member chooses three candidates, and the Township Committee selects one of the three to fill the vacancy.
“I’m delighted that the committee has chosen three people who are devoted to service and who represent the best of our community,” said George Quillan, Morris Township Democratic Committee chair. “We were sorry to see Tara go, but it’s wonderful that we have so many qualified individuals available to fill in, all of whom are thoughtful, practical people with strong work habits and the desire to keep Morris Township responsive to its citizens. Morris Township will be well served whoever the Township Committee picks.”
The three candidates are (in alphabetical order):
Jennifer Carcich. Ms. Carcich is the Supervisor of Curriculum at the Unity Charter School in Morris Township and an adjunct professor at Kean University. She is a member of the Township’s Environmental Commission, the Hillside Hose Ladies Auxiliary, and Assumption Parish, and is Vice President of the Burnham Park Association.
Donna Guariglia. Ms. Guariglia is well known in the community for her work with the New Jersey Colonials hockey club, with USA Hockey, where she is Treasurer of the national organization and Vice President of the USA Hockey Foundation, and as Co-President of the League of Women Voters of the Morristown Area. (If chosen for Township Committee, she intends to resign from her board position at the League of Women Voters, which is a nonpartisan organization.)
Siva Jonnada. Mr. Jonnada graduated from Morristown High School and is a longtime resident of the Township. He is the Chair of the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee, a member of Morris Township’s Environmental Commission, a member of the Burnham Park Association, and a board member of NJ11th for Change.
Council President Teresa Gilbreath and longtime resident Paula Gilligan are running for Glen Rock Borough Council. Councilmember Rob Dill will not be seeking reelection after a successful three-year term and will be pursuing a doctorate degree beginning in August.
“It has been an honor to serve this wonderful community and to meet so many incredible residents over the last three years. I am proud of the work that my colleagues and I have accomplished, and I look forward to supporting Teresa Gilbreath and Paula Gilligan for Borough Council this year,” Councilmember Dill said.
During her first two years on Borough Council, Council President Gilbreath helped to launch the Glen Rock Perennial, a newsletter for Glen Rock seniors, spearheaded an evaluation of the E-Code, improved infrastructure, co-chaired the first “Senior Fest,” and organized the 2022 calendar.
Paula Gilligan has been active in local and national politics for several decades. Her activism has included movements for civil and reproductive rights, protections for our environment, and supporting Democratic campaigns. She has lived in Glen Rock for over twenty years and raised her three sons here.
Gilligan said, “I’m thrilled and inspired to join such a great team. I’m eager to contribute to the initiatives that this enthusiastic Council is implementing. I look forward to seeing and hearing from all our residents, and I am determined to keep Glen Rock the compassionate and caring community that it really is. I hope to earn your vote on November 8.”