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Pallotta Announces Endorsements from GOP Rising Stars Alyssa Kaye Dawson and Katie Cericola

November 18, 2019

InsiderNJ

MAHWAH – Today, Frank T. Pallotta, candidate for Congress in New Jersey’s Fifth Congressional District, is proud to announce the endorsements of two of the Republican Party’s brightest rising stars, Alyssa Kaye Dawson and Katie Cericola.

Alyssa is a former Councilwoman from Westwood, current New Jersey Young Republican Federation Vice-Chairwoman and Bergen County Young Republican State Committeewoman. Katie is the current Chairwoman of the Bergen County Young Republicans and was featured in Insider NJ’s 2019 Insider 100: Millennials Publication. Both Alyssa and Katie recently took a bold stand against one-party rule in Bergen County in their hard-fought race for Bergen County Freeholder.

“I am so proud to have the support of Alyssa and Katie. They truly represent the best our state and our Party has to offer. Ronald Reagan once said, ‘Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. It has to be fought for and defended by each generation.’ Alyssa and Katie have done what few other Millennials are willing to do in Phil Murphy’s New Jersey; they have stayed and fought to make our state a more affordable place to live. I look forward to continuing to learn from these outstanding leaders throughout our campaign.”

https://www.insidernj.com/press-release/pallotta-announces-endorsements-gop-rising-stars-alyssa-kaye-dawson-katie-cericola/

Pallotta announces six New Milford endorsements

November 14, 2019

New Jersey Globe

By Nikita Biryukov

Former investment banker Frank Pallotta announced six endorsements from current and former New Milford Republican office holders Thursday.

“I am very proud of the support I have received from these distinguished former elected officials and Republican leaders, who have joined Councilwoman Kelly Greco-Langschultz in supporting my candidacy in New Milford,” Pallotta said. “Defeating Josh Gottheimer will be a team effort, and I am dedicated to building a dynamic and unified coalition to achieve victory in 2020.”

Thursday’s endorsements include former mayors James Battaglia, Roger Lane and Ann Subrizi, Municipal Republican Chairwoman Laure Schroeder and New Millford GOP Committee members Jeff Delvecchio and Malcom Sillars.

Pallotta was previously endorsed by New Milford Councilwoman Kelly Greco-Langschultz.

The former investment banker is one of three Republicans seeking the nod to take on Rep. Josh Gottheimer.

Also running are Montvale Mayor Mike Ghassali and former Cresskill Councilman John McCann, who mounted an unsuccessful bid against Gottheimer last year.

https://newjerseyglobe.com/congress/pallotta-announces-six-new-milford-endorsements/

Democratic National Committee chair says N.J. municipal wins canceled out legislative losses

November 6, 2019

NJ.com

By Jonathan D. Salant

WASHINGTON — Sure, New Jersey Republicans flipped their first Democratic-held state Senate seat since 2007 and picked up at least two Democratic-held state Assembly seats Tuesday, while losing none of their own members.

But Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez on Wednesday touted his party’s strong showing in municipal elections around the state as a bellwether for 2020. That’s when the Democrats need to defend four rookie U.S. House members who won Republican-held congressional districts just a year earlier.

“We won a lot of very critical municipal races in New Jersey,” Perez said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast with reporters. “Did we win 100 percent of the races out there? No. But did we win the majority of the races out there? Absolutely.”

Democratic candidates won the mayor’s offices in Dumont, Hamilton, and Bergenfield, all of which had been run by Republicans. They also were in position to take control of the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders for the first time in five decades.

“New Jersey is going to continue to be a great model of how we succeed as Democrats,” Perez said. “They’ve built a remarkably effective, every-zip-code organization, and that’s what enables them to win. Some of these races turn on some local issues but when you look at the aggregate data in New Jersey, we did pretty darn well.”

Even so, the Democrats not only lost legislative seats, but failed to win districts where they had pushed to oust Republicans, including Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, R-Union.

GOP candidates running in 2020 painted the results as a backlash to Gov. Phil Murphy and said they boded well for their chances next year.

“From every corner of the state, our outstanding Republican candidates stood up — and prevailed,” said Stuart Meissner, who is seeking the GOP nomination for the Senate seat now held by Democrat Cory Booker.

And Frank Pallotta, one of the Republican candidates running against U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-5th Dist., credited state party chairman Doug Steinhardt for building an organization “that led our candidates across the state to victory.”

Perez, though, said that not only were Democrats positioned to retain the 11 House districts they now hold, but have set their sights on the 12th, now held by Rep. Chris Smith, R-4th Dist.

“I’m actually focused in 2020 on taking the remaining House seat in New Jersey,” Perez said. “If Phil Murphy was here, he’d say, ‘I want all those House seats.’ That’s exactly what we’re going to do.”

https://www.nj.com/politics/2019/11/democratic-national-committee-chair-says-nj-municipal-wins-canceled-out-legislative-losses.html

RESULTS: Schepisi, Auth decisively reelected in LD39

November 6, 2019

Save Jersey

RIVER VALE, N.J. – Democrats flirted with the 39th but came up empty.

Holly Schepisi (27,125) and Bob Auth (25,494) decisively dispatched challengers John Birkner (21,434) and Gerald Falotico (20,989) on Tuesday by a margin which arguably will make Democrats think twice about spending cash there in 2021 depending, of course, on how the rest of the leg map landscape looks in two year’s time.

One 2020 candidate saw good news in North Jersey’s 2019 returns.

“Josh Gottheimer should be scared: tonight’s results across CD5 show a backlash against the tax and spend policies of Governor Murphy, in which Josh, in his silence, is complicit,” said Frank Pallotta, a Republican primary candidate in the hunt for Josh Gottheimer’s NJ-05 House seat. “I want to especially congratulate our Assemblywomen Holly Schepisi, Betty Lou DeCroce and Assemblymen Bob Auth, Kevin Rooney, Chris DePhillips, Parker Space, Hal Wirths, Jay Webber, Erik Peterson and John DiMaio on their re-elections. Our NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt also deserves credit for the organization he built that led our candidates across the state to victory tonight. Our campaign is proud of the work we did on behalf of our outstanding Republican team this cycle, and we stand ready to harness the great grassroots energy they generated to defeat Josh next November.”

https://savejersey.com/2019/11/results-schepisi-auth-decisively-reelected-in-ld39/

Election 2020 candidates hit the trail for 2019’s GOP nominees

November 4, 2019

Save Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. – Election 2020 looms large on the horizon.

New Jersey politicians need to make it through Election 2019 first, so the growing collection of 2020 House hopefuls fanned out over the last week to campaign for legislative, county, and local candidates and, in the process, cultivate some goodwill for next spring’s primary contests.

Second Congressional District hopeful Brian Fitzherbert was all over South Jersey including Salem County; fellow NJ-02 primary candidate David Richter was on the other side of the district boosting legislative incumbents in Little Egg Harbor. Meanwhile, in Burlington County, former freeholder and current 3rd Congressional District challenger Katie Gibbs was supporting the GOTV efforts of the county’s backed candidates county-wide and in LD8, a top targeted district.

Up in the 5th Congressional District, GOP rivals Frank Pallotta and Mike Ghassali crossed paths at an event for the LD38 ticket; Pallotta then continued on to LD39 where he delivered pizzas to hungry Schepisi-Auth volunteers:

Senator Tom Kean Jr. was busy over the weekend, barnstorming for Republican candidates throughout the 7th Congressional District where he hopes to take on and defeat Democrat freshman Tom Malinowski next fall:

Kean’s primary rival Rosemary Becchi was on the trail last week, too, canvassing and pounding pavement for the Somerset County GOP’s ticket:

https://savejersey.com/2019/11/election-2019-2020-candidates-new-jersey/

NJ-05: GOP opponent says Gottheimer tried ‘to cater to Nancy Pelosi’ with impeachment vote

October 31, 2019

Save Jersey

MAHWAH, N.J. – Frank Pallotta, one of the New Jersey Republican candidates seeking his party’s 2020 nomination in the Fifth Congressional District, had harsh words for his district’s Democrat incumbent Josh Gottheimer following Halloween’s House impeachment vote.

“Josh Gottheimer showed his true colors today. New Jersey’s Fifth District supported President Trump and wants Congress to focus on delivering commonsense solutions on pressing issues like immigration and prescription drug prices,” said Pallotta in a statement. “In his vote, Josh seeks to upend the will of the district he supposedly represents in order to cater to Nancy Pelosi and liberal activists who have been after this President since Day 1. Our district deserves a representative who will truly represent our interests, and when I’m in Congress, I will end our participation in these ridiculous partisan fights.”

All but two House Democrats – including NJ-02’s Jeff Van Drew – voted for the Pelosi-backed resolution which sets for rules fot he forthcoming impeachment proceedings.

The vote was largely theater. Democrats still have more secret hearings on the calendar, and today’s resolution does not bind them to televise hearings or release transcripts.

Three Republicans including Pallotta are presently seeking the NJ-05 nomination, two of which (including Pallotta) qualified for the NRCC’s Young Gun program watch list. The district narrowly voted for President Trump in 2016.

https://savejersey.com/2019/10/impeachment-josh-gottheimer-new-jersey-frank-pallotta-pelosi/

Van Drew is one of two Democratic congressmen nationally to oppose Trump impeachment

October 31, 2019

New Jersey Globe

NJ House Dems back impeachment resolution

By Nikita Biryukov

All but one New Jersey’s Democratic Members of Congress voted in favor of a procedural impeachment inquiry resolution Thursday.

Among those who voted yes were four representatives in the state’s competitive districts: Reps. Mikie Sherrill, Andy Kim, Tom Malinowski and Josh Gottheimer.

“With this vote, Congress and the American people will be able to judge for themselves the extent of President Trump’s abuse of power,” Malinowski said. “The law is clear: no president can ask a foreign government for help in an election. No president should be allowed to abuse his or her power to leverage political favors from a foreign power. To protect our country and our Constitution, we must uphold these rules, or we give every future president license to break them.”

Rep. Jeff Van Drew was one of only two House Democrats to vote against the measure.

The vote is a potentially perilous one for vulnerable Democrats, and Republicans have wasted no time in seizing the opportunity to launch attacks over the same.

The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC with ties to House Republican leadership has already launched a series of online ads targeting Kim, Gottheimer and Sherrill.

Those ads will appear on search engine queries using terms related to impeachment and direct voters to an anti-impeachment website.

“The Democrats are so blinded by their personal hatred of President Trump that they’re willing to sacrifice all work on the issues voters care about, just to have one last shot at removing him from office to avenge their 2016 loss,” CLF President Dan Conston said. “Now that they’ve cast their votes in favor of marching headfirst into impeachment, vulnerable Democrats have shown voters there is zero difference whatsoever between them and the radical leftists fighting tooth and nail to impeach this President.”

It’s not clear how much of an issue impeachment will be in 2020, and it won’t become any clearer until both the inquiry against President Donald Trump and next year’s elections progress further.

Still, Gottheimer and the state’s four freshman Democrats represent swing districts where the president’s popularity is greater than it is in the state as a whole.

During last year’s campaign, Sherrill was often reluctant to criticize Trump, as were Gottheimer, Kim and Van Drew.

The Democrats have already angled to frame impeachment as an issue secondary to policy in an effort to minimize any backlash their votes on the issue cause.

“My focus remains on fighting for the people of Burlington and Ocean Counties. It’s why this month I introduced bills that would lower health care costs for seniors and empower small businesses to grow, and today I introduced a bipartisan bill to help returning veterans find work,” Kim said. “We have to be able to keep addressing the problems on the ground that affect people’s daily lives while we pursue the truth and defend our Democracy.”

House Democrats are investigating Trump over a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during which Trump asked Zelensky to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, who is and was a leading candidate for the 2020 Democratic nomination.

Thursday’s vote creates rules for the public-facing phase of an impeachment inquiry that has largely been conducted behind closed doors up until this point.

The measure allows the House Intelligence Committee to hold public hearings and create a report for the House Judiciary Committee, which will decide whether to draft articles of impeachment against Trump.

It also provides Trump with due process rights, including allowing his attorneys to participate in the hearings.

It’s unlikely that Republican messaging will do much to address the minutia of Thursday’s resolution.

So far, they’ve opted to attack Democrats, including ones who have so far regarded the impeachment inquiry with a degree of skepticism, on the same grounds as President Trump, who has derided the inquiry into his alleged attempt to coerce a foreign nation to investigate a political opponent as a “witch hunt.”

“Josh Gottheimer showed his true colors today,” said Frank Pallotta, a GOP House candidate in the fifth district. “New Jersey’s Fifth District supported President Trump and wants Congress to focus on delivering commonsense solutions on pressing issues like immigration and prescription drug prices. In his vote, Josh seeks to upend the will of the district he supposedly represents in order to cater to Nancy Pelosi and liberal activists who have been after this President since Day 1.”

Pallotta wasn’t the only Gottheimer opponent to hit the incumbent on his impeachment vote.

“Voters in New Jersey’s 5th Congressional district sent Josh to Washington to do his job and deliver for his constituents,” Montvale Mayor Mike Ghassali said. “It is abundantly clear that his only accomplishments have been to raise record amounts of money from DC insiders and to cower to political bosses when they need votes. We deserve better.”

Van Drew’s breaking with his party is unsurprising. The congressman’s district covers all of Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic and Salem counties and includes parts of Ocean County.

Put simply, the district leans right.

Still, that doesn’t mean Republicans make up the entirety of the second district, and Van Drew’s no vote may set them against him.

In either case, it’d likely be best for Van Drew if voters’ focus lied somewhere other than impeachment.

His office did not immediately respond to a call and email seeking comment first made at 12:38 p.m.

The state’s safe Democratic congresspeople also voted in favor of the resolution, and it’s unlikely that the vote will come back to haunt Reps. Donald Norcross, Albio Sires, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Frank Pallone, Bill Pascrell or Donald Payne Jr.

““Today’s vote is an important step in establishing the procedure for open hearings in the House’s ongoing impeachment inquiry. After collecting testimony in a confidential and secure setting to ensure all witnesses are free from outside influence or attempts to align stories it is vital that the American people hear directly from witnesses,” Sires said. “Regardless of party, this step should be something everyone can agree upon in our pursuit of truth and transparency. The sole authority to impeach was granted to the House of Representatives in our Constitution to serve as a last resort in our system of checks and balances and to ensure that no one is above the law.”

https://newjerseyglobe.com/congress/nj-house-dems-back-impeachment-resolution/

Statement on the Death of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi

October 27, 2019

New Jersey Globe

Republican congressional candidate Frank Pallotta (NJ-5)

“The significance of this successful mission cannot be understated. President Trump and our brave men and women in uniform deserve tremendous credit for fulfilling another promise, and, in doing so, making our world a safer place. I pray that our President and Congress can work together with the memory of 9/11 in mind to ensure that we never lose sight of the ongoing threat terrorism and radical Islam poses to our nation.”

https://newjerseyglobe.com/congress/statements-on-the-death-of-abu-bakr-al-baghdadi/

OPINION: In NJ-05, Frank Pallotta is everything Josh Gottheimer isn’t

October 24, 2019

Save Jersey

By Nick De Gregorio

It’s nice to be home after nearly a decade in the Marines. Leaving Bergen County wasn’t easy, but after 9/11 I felt a sense of duty that I could not ignore. Perhaps that’s why after tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, my wife and I decided to come back home. Service is important to me. I believe the purpose of life is to find something greater than yourself and commit to it unapologetically for others.

Sadly, I don’t believe Congressman Josh Gottheimer shares this world view. For two consecutive terms, he has complained about the problems our communities face and done nothing to actually solve them.

He hopes we won’t notice so he can continue to do the bare minimum and climb the political ladder for personal gain. It is insulting to any person of principle or action to be represented in Washington by someone who has no principles and takes no action.

At one point, I considered running against Congressman Gottheimer myself. Then I met Frank Pallotta and knew we had a candidate ready to take him to task.

Frank is everything Josh Gottheimer is not: honest, accomplished, willing to make difficult choices on our behalf. Frank has proven himself in the private sector and has always given back to his community—not for votes or favors, but because it is the right thing to do. I am tired of career politicians lording over us on Capitol Hill.

I believe that Frank Pallotta is not only our best hope at beating Josh Gottheimer, but the ideal person to effect meaningful change upon a political system that has been clogged by incompetent do-nothing careerists. Josh Gottheimer needs to pack his bags and move on. It’s time for Frank Pallotta to go to work for us.

Nick De Gregorio is a Bergen County native and a Senior Advisor to the Pallotta for Congress campaign. Nick grew up in Ridgewood before committing himself to military service. As a Marine Corps infantry officer of nine years, he served four tours of duty to include operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Upon his honorable discharge from the Marines, Nick used the Post-9/11 GI Bill to attend Georgetown University, where he graduated with dual masters degrees in business administration and foreign policy. Nick currently works in finance and lives in Fair Lawn with his wife Emily and daughter Siena.

https://savejersey.com/2019/10/frank-pallotta-josh-gottheimer-congress/

Nick De Gregorio Backs Pallotta For Congress

October 24, 2019

InsiderNJ

MAHWAH, NJ – Today, Frank T. Pallotta, candidate for Congress in New Jersey’s Fifth Congressional District, is proud to announce the endorsement of Nick De Gregorio, a Marine veteran, businessman, and Bergen County community leader. Nick will join and serve as Senior Advisor to the Pallotta for Congress campaign.

“Nick is an outstanding addition to our team, and we are so proud to have him on board. Nick’s support and guidance is particularly important to me given the work that I have done with veterans through American Corporate Partners—a tremendous organization that helps our brave veterans transition into the civilian workforce,” said Pallotta. “I have admired Nick’s willingness to put the needs of his family, his fellow Americans and our community above his own. As a Marine veteran, a leader in the community and man of unmatched integrity, our campaign will flourish in his capable hands,” he continued.

Statement from Nick De Gregorio

“It’s nice to be home after nearly a decade in the Marines. Leaving Bergen County wasn’t easy, but after 9/11 I felt a sense of duty that I could not ignore. Perhaps that’s why after tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, my wife and I decided to come back home.

Service is important to me. I believe the purpose of life is to find something greater than yourself and commit to it unapologetically for others. Sadly, I don’t believe Congressman Josh Gottheimer shares this world view. For two consecutive terms, he has complained about the problems our communities face and done nothing to actually solve them. He hopes we won’t notice so he can continue to do the bare minimum and climb the political ladder for personal gain. It is insulting to any person of principle or action to be represented in Washington by someone who has no principles and takes no action.

At one point, I considered running against Congressman Gottheimer myself. Then I met Frank Pallotta and knew we had a candidate ready to take him to task. Frank is everything Josh Gottheimer is not: honest, accomplished, willing to make difficult choices on our behalf. Frank has proven himself in the private sector and has always given back to his community—not for votes or favors, but because it is the right thing to do.

I am tired of career politicians lording over us on Capitol Hill. I believe that Frank Pallotta is not only our best hope at beating Josh Gottheimer, but the ideal person to effect meaningful change upon a political system that has been clogged by incompetent do-nothing careerists. Josh Gottheimer needs to pack his bags and move on. It’s time for Frank Pallotta to go to work for us.”

About Nick De Gregorio

Nick De Gregorio is a Bergen County native, growing up in Ridgewood before committing himself to military service. As a Marine Corps infantry officer of nine years, he served four tours of duty to include operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Upon his honorable discharge from the Marines, Nick used the Post-9/11 GI Bill to attend Georgetown University, where he graduated with dual masters degrees in business administration and foreign policy. Nick currently works in finance and lives in Fair Lawn with his wife Emily and daughter Siena.

https://www.insidernj.com/press-release/nick-de-gregorio-backs-pallotta-congress/