ICYMI: Dem Dark Money Backing Pallotta

May 23, 2022

Pallotta Now Owns the Radical Views of the Liberal Special Interests Funding Him

Anonymous super PAC trying to influence NJ-5 GOP primary
New Jersey Globe
May 20, 2022

An unregistered, dark money super PAC has sent out a mailer to Republican primary voters in New Jersey’s 5th district in what looks like another bid to help pick a weaker general election opponent for Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff).

“A vote for Frank Pallotta means the return of Donald Trump,” touts the flyer from the Opportunity for All Action Fund.  The mailing touts Pallotta as a Trump-supporting Republican endorsed by National Right to Life and the NRA and includes the image of an old tweet from Trump endorsing Pallotta’s 2020 campaign against Gottheimer.

The messaging is one that seemingly appeals to Republican primary voters: “The Pallotta-Trump agenda is too conservative for New Jersey.”The super PAC doesn’t necessarily come from Gottheimer. 

The three-term Democratic congressman has used his own campaign funds to deliver a similar message in recent weeks.  A spokesman for the Gottheimer campaign declined comment on the super PAC.

Democrats close to Gottheimer say he prefers to run against Pallotta, whom he bested by 31,842 votes two years ago, than Nick De Gregorio, a young U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Josh knows he can beat Pallotta in this district.  Pallotta isn’t a great candidate,” said a Democratic strategist, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.  “He’s not as sure about De Gregorio.  He comes across more earnestly than Pallotta, who seems like a used car salesman.  He’s a veteran and he’s been raising money.”