NJ’s Newest Rep. Josh Gottheimer Pledges to do What is Best for NJ’s 5th District
On January 3, 2017, Democratic Congressman Josh Gottheimer (D-5) became the newest member of the New Jersey congressional delegation.
Gottheimer unseated 7-term Republican Scott Garrett in New Jersey’s 5th congressional district.
Monarch Housing Associates has updated its congressional contact sheet to include Congressman Gottheimer’s office contact information.
To date, he has not assigned a staffer to homeless and housing issues but in the interim, his chief of staff can be contacted for all homelessness and housing issues. Click here for the congressional contact sheet.
Now is the time to reach out to Gottheimer and his staff and share with them your public policy priorities for ending homelessness and creating affordable housing and on related issues such as ensuring expanded Medicaid expansion for very low-income individuals.
On January 5, 2017, WNYC reported on Gottheimer in “ “… As the 115th Congress gets under way, the former Microsoft executive is already finding ways to defy fellow Democrats and collaborate with his counterparts on the right.”
Gottheimer resume also includes working for the Federal Communications Commission and as a speechwriter for former President Bill Clinton.
On January 4 2017, in his 2nd day in office, Gottheimer “Became one of just four Democrats to cross party lines to approve a bill that would grant Congress the power to repeal regulations en masse with just a single resolution …”
“But for Gottheimer, the bill fits with his campaign pledge to roll back what he considers excessive red tape. ‘I will support efforts to cut unnecessary and out-of-date regulations and help New Jersey’s businesses and families grow and prosper,’ Gottheimer said in a statement after the vote.”
Those living and working in the 5th congressional district should be sharing with Gottheimer and his staff that public policy and funding that ends homelessness and creates affordable housing will help New Jersey’s families “grow and prosper.”
Gottheimer spoke with WNYC’s Jami Floyd earlier this week about his centrist approach to politics.
“I’m not beholden to any particular party, I do what’s best for the 5th district,” Gottheimer told WNYC. “Some days the Democrats are going to love me, some days the Republicans are going to love me, and to me that’s the right place because what you want to do is find a middle where you can get things done and work together.”