Press Release: De Gregorio Slams Gottheimer Meddling in CD5 Primary

May 7, 2022

Calls on Pallotta to Disavow Mailer Promoting Him Paid for by Liberal Special Interests

FAIR LAWN – Today, Nick De Gregorio, a Marine Veteran – who served in Iraq and Afghanistan – and Republican Candidate for Congress in New Jersey’s Fifth Congressional District, issued the following statement in response to a new mail piece sent to Republican primary voters – and paid for by Josh Gottheimer – that favorably featured his Republican primary opponent Frank Pallotta. To be clear: former President Donald Trump has not endorsed Frank Pallotta, but Josh Gottheimer now has. The piece was sent following a media-sponsored debate where De Gregorio was the only CD5 primary candidate to appear, bringing further scrutiny to the Pallotta campaign.

“It is clear who Josh Gottheimer wants to win this Republican primary – and it’s not the guy who served his country in four tours overseas and is now calling on him and others to sell off their stock portfolios to clean up Washington,” said De Gregorio.

He continued, “For years, Democrats like Josh Gottheimer talked ad nauseam about Russian interference in our elections. Now Josh, who consistently presents himself as a bipartisan, common sense Democrat who’s above the fray, is using liberal special interest money to wage his own Putin-style disinformation campaign to confuse Republican primary voters about who the true conservative leader in this race is. It’s dead wrong — and if Josh is the statesman he claims to be, he will immediately stop any spending in the CD5 Republican primary. I also call on my opponent, Frank Pallotta, to immediately disavow Gottheimer’s attempt to put his thumb on the scale in this race.”

De Gregorio concluded, “Josh is running scared with good reason. He knows that the cost of food and gas, along with the Biden Administration’s abject failure to secure the border and support our cops is indefensible here. But here’s a message for you, Josh, man-to-man: I will never stop fighting for the future of this country against gutless cowards like you.