CD5 Flashpoint: McCann Kicks off and Colligan Cries Foul

Following John McCann’s announcement this weekend that he intends to pursue the CD5 seat currently occupied by U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-5), New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Colligan identified him as a prime culprit in the layoff of dozens of law enforcement officials.

A practicing attorney, McCann advises Sheriffs across the state on both legal and policy issues as General Counsel to the New Jersey Sheriffs Association. At his kickoff, he noted that he has served as a legal advisor for many Chiefs of Police, as well as serving as General Counsel for the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation in New York City.

“I am working to protect the American Dream for people who work hard and play by the rules to help create jobs and opportunity for all Americans, and to safeguard the freedoms that are under attack by liberal politicians in Washington,” said McCann, a self-described conservative Republican candidate for Congress. 

But the PBA wasn’t buying it.

“Over the years, we have gotten to know John McCann very well,” Colligan said. “Well enough, in fact, to know that he is the wrong person to represent the interests of the law enforcement community in Congress.  Our members proudly serve our communities and face incredible risks and challenges on a daily basis.
“Now more than ever, we need leaders who will fight to ensure first responders have the resources they need to stay safe, protect our residents, and prevent acts of terrorism,” added the PBA chief. “As the driving force behind the recent merger of the sheriff’s department with county police, John McCann is directly responsible for 24 layoffs and 19 demotions and has already proven he is simply not the leader we need to represent the Fifth Congressional District in Washington.”
McCann isn’t the only Republican running in 2018 to dislodge Gottheimer. Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan has already announced his candidacy, and Warren County Freeholder Jason Sarnoski is feeling out a run of his own.



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