CD5 Flashpoint: A Democratic Primary Challenger to Gottheimer Steps Forward

Arati Kreibich this morning tweeted her Democratic Primary candidacy for Congress in the 5th District.

The district is currently served by U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-5).

“My name is Arati,” she said. “I’m running against Josh Gottheimer because we can’t be afraid of big solutions to big problems. We need someone who represents the people of – not just big donors.”

According to Politico, Kreibich is a neuroscientist and freshman councilwoman from the Bergen County borough of Glen Rock.

For more about her and her candidacy, please go here.

At least two Republicans – Frank Pallota and Mike Ghassali – are vying to take on the incumbent Democrat in 2020. The GOP earlier today issued a statement celebrating the entrance into the race of a challenger to Gottheimer’s left in a district held by Republicans as recently as 2016.

“In a district President Trump won, the last thing Josh Gottheimer needs is a primary challenger who will push him even further to the left. Let’s just hope he doesn’t lose his temper,” said NRCC Spokesman Michael McAdams.

On the heels of Kreibich’s announcement, the congressman issued a list of Democratic Party endorsements.

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