Navy veteran launches challenge to Gottheimer in New Jersey

Marine Corps veteran Nick De Gregorio launched a bid Wednesday to overthrow Rep. Josh gottheimerJoshua (Josh) Gottheimer Biden’s Next Challenge: Selling CBO Infrastructure Bill Indicates Lawmakers Will Have To Wait For Full Score On Social Spending 12:30 Hill Report: Democrats Wait For CBO Score To the bill on social spending MÁS (DN.J.) in New Jersey’s fifth congressional district, hoping to topple the moderate lawmaker whom the Republicans’ campaign arm has called a vulnerable Democrat.

Gregorio, a Republican who served in the Marine Corps for nine years completing tours of Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa, said in his campaign ad video that he is running because “our country is dangerously off course.”

“Washington has no leaders. It is run by career politicians, radicals, socialists, who care more about their own political agenda than about the people they have sworn to serve, ”Gregorio said in the video, which showed photos of President BidenJoe Biden Video showing violence removed from Rep. Gosar’s account after pushback Federal judge rejects Trump’s effort to block Jan.6 documents Expected price increases raise political stakes for Biden MORE, Gottheimer, Speaker Nancy pelosiNancy Pelosi Video showing violence removed from Rep Gosar’s account after setback Overnight Energy and Environment – Presented by ExxonMobil – Biden Invests Trump in Owl Habitats Healthcare Overnight – Presented by Rare Access Action Project – Pfizer wants reinforcements for everyone MORE (D-Calif.) And Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezVideo showing violence removed from Representative Gosar’s account after pushback Energy and environment overnight – Presented by ExxonMobil – Biden invests Trump on owl habitats Memo: Experts warn of new violence amidst the storm of Gosar MORE (DN.Y.)

“I too took an oath, and this is not what I fought for. History will define us by what we do here and now for the next generation of Americans. The fight for our future is no longer in a distant land. He’s here at home. Now is the time to roll back socialism. Now is the time to safeguard our God-given rights and freedoms, ”he added.

Gregorio is the third Republican to launch a campaign that seeks to confront Gottheimer from the right, joining Frank Pallotta, the district’s 2020 Republican nominee, and Nicholas D’Agostino, a member of the Sussex County school board.

Gottheimer, co-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus, made headlines in recent weeks as a prominent figure in the negotiations on the bipartisan infrastructure bill and social spending package.

He’s on the Congressional Republican National Committee’s Vulnerable Democrats list. His district is one of the party’s 70 targets for next year’s midterm elections.

In 2020, the Cook Political Report rated the district as a strong Democrat. Gottheimer won the race by just over seven percentage points.

In a statement about his website, Gregorio pointed to the increase in taxes, the flight of companies and jobs and the classrooms becoming “testing grounds for radical political ideology”, and said that everything is being driven by “career politicians and connoisseurs, who are too busy serving themselves in Washington to worry about the mess they’ve created for the rest of us here at home. “

In his ad video, he recounted his memory of September 11, 2001, when he was 16 years old and only 12 miles from Ground Zero. The Marine Corps veteran said it was on that day that he decided to enlist in the military.

“None of us will forget that day. I was 16 years old on September 11, when those terrorists attacked the World Trade Center. We could hear the roar of fighter jets above our classroom, and we could see thick black smoke coming from the horizon at the Ridgewood Overlook. That was the day I decided that I had to act and serve my country in uniform, ”he said.

He added that after serving nine years in the Marine Corps he did not think he would have to serve again, but said that the current state of the country has led him to launch into the race.

The Hill has reached out to Gottheimer for comment.

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