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Pallotta asks CD05 Freeholders to pass resolutions supporting wounded law enforcement officers

September 17, 2020

Congressional candidate Frank Pallotta sent a letter to District 5 Freeholders in Bergen, Passaic, Sussex, and Warren Counties, asking them to pass a formal resolution in support of two wounded Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputies shot over the weekend by an assailant. Pallotta’s letter also requests that the Freeholders condemn the actions of protestors who gathered outside the hospital where the two were taken. According to numerous media reports, some of those protestors were heard to shout that they wished the officers would die. 


Bergen County is holding its Freeholder Board meeting on the 23rd. Passaic County will hold its meeting on the 22nd. Sussex and Warren Counties hold their meetings on the 23rd. The full text of Pallotta’s letter follows:


Chairwoman Freeholder Mary J. Amoroso

Vice Chairwoman Freeholder Dr. Joan M. Voss

Chair Pro Tempore Freeholder Steven A. Tanelli

Freeholder David L. Ganz

Freeholder Germaine M. Ortiz

Freeholder Thomas J. Sullivan

Freeholder Tracy Silna Zur

Freeholder Lara Rodriguez

Freeholder Director Sandi Lazzara

Freeholder Deputy Director Pat Lepore

Freeholder Assad Akhter

Freeholder John W. Bartlett, Esq.

Freeholder T.J. Best

Freeholder Terry Duffy

Freeholder Bruce James

 Freeholder Director Richard D. Gardner

Freeholder Deputy Director James R. Kern, III

Freeholder Jason J. Sarnoski

Freeholder Director Sylvia Petillo

Freeholder Deputy Director Dawn Fantasia

Freeholder Herbert Yardley

Freeholder Josh Hertzberg

Freeholder Anthony Fasano

You have no doubt heard all about the attempted assassination of two Los Angeles Sheriff Deputies over the weekend. This heinous act of attempted murder strikes at the heart of American civilization. In the absence of citizen law enforcement, our country would descend into barbarism, into the most evil kind of “might makes right” scenario. 


Unfortunately, this is a policy objective for some today. The “defund the police” crowd either callously doesn’t care about what happens to the vulnerable in their communities or they are actively anticipating it and hoping for it. We saw some of the latter at work over the weekend, when protestors gathered at the hospital where the wounded deputies had been taken, to chant that they hoped the officers would die. This was an act devoid of humanity.


I am calling on you, as representatives of the people of your respective counties, to pass individual resolutions by each county Freeholder Board, in support of the two wounded Sheriff Deputies and their wounded colleagues across our country, and to condemn the actions of those protestors who called for their deaths.


I would be willing to address your Freeholder Board if asked.

Thank you.


Frank Pallotta

Murphy administration joins radical Left in ripping down American flags

September 8, 2020

GOP congressional candidate Frank Pallotta asked the Murphy administration today to “cease and desist” their attempts to remove the American flag from being displayed openly and proudly on Turnpike overpasses.  

“For months we have been seeing an assault by the radical Left on the memory of patriotic Americans from Abraham Lincoln to Teddy Roosevelt. Memorials of Abolitionists in the war against slavery have been defaced, as have memorials to heroes like the men of the Massachusetts 54th Volunteer Infantry,” Pallotta said. 

“Now, in the days leading up to the Anniversary of the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001, the administration of Governor Phil Murphy has been removing the American flag from Turnpike overpasses.” 

Yesterday, New Jersey 101.5 reported: 

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority acknowledged last week it has removed flags from highway overpasses — a move that’s upset veterans groups and at least one police union in the days before the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Robbinsville PBA. Local 344 said in a Facebook post Sunday it had recently purchased more than a dozen flags to replace ones that had gone missing or become tattered on the overpasses covering the New Jersey Turnpike and Route 195. 

“The amount of support we received via social media and throughout town was incredible, and our post (about replacing flags) reached nearly 8,000 viewers,” the PBA wrote. “The reason we decided to replace the flags was to continue the tradition of honoring our veterans and those lost in service for our country. American flags have been flown on overpasses throughout the state and throughout the nation since 9/11.”

But the PBA said it instead learned the Turnpike Authority has been removing flags, replacing them with signs regarding an administrative code about advertisements or improper material posted as road signage. 

“We cannot understand why the NJTPA. has suddenly decided to abandon a tradition of patriotism and respect for our veterans. It is not known what happened to the brand new flags that we put up, but we truly hope they were respectfully disposed of, if not displayed elsewhere,” the PBA wrote. 

Its concerns echo those of veterans quoted by News 12 late last month, when the station reported a flag had been taken down from the Woodbridge Avenue overpass of the Turnpike. It cited a veterans group that had been caring for flags on the overpass for 20 years. 

The Murphy administration’s excuse for removing the American flags from public property is that Turnpike Authority regulations “do not allow it.” The Murphy administration explained to NJ 101.5 that it is a “long-standing policy” to prohibit flags, signs, or banners by private parties on authority property. 

“So why now?” Pallotta noted: “At a time when regulations are ignored so that protestors can block roads and paint slogans on them, the Murphy administration is choosing to jump on the Leftist bandwagon to eradicate all things American. And they are doing so after just slapping a huge toll and tax increase on the citizens who use those roads.”  

“The workers who are assigned to take down those American flags should simply refuse. They should go on strike as an act of conscience, an act of free speech.”

 “If Phil Murphy wanted to, he could end this controversy with the stroke of a pen. Sign one of his executive orders like those he used to take away our freedoms under the Bill of Rights,” Pallotta said. “First our freedoms. Now, our flag.”    

On Labor Day, let us remember William Harvey Carney

September 7, 2020

Republican congressional candidate Frank Pallotta reminded the people of the 5th District to remember William Harvey Carney today. 

“William Harvey Carney was a union leader who co-founded the New Bedford Branch (Local 18) of the National Association of Letter Carriers in 1890. He served as Vice President of the union local. 

Carney had been born into slavery in 1840. He left Virginia and escaped north to Massachusetts through the Underground Railroad. Carney joined the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in March 1863 and achieved the rank of sergeant. He took part in the July 18, 1863, assault on Fort Wagner in Charleston, South Carolina. His heroism there earned him the Medal of Honor.  

According to the official military history, when the color sergeant was shot down, Carney grasped the flag, led the way to the parapet, and planted the colors thereon. When the troops fell back he brought off the flag, under a fierce fire in which he was twice severely wounded. Carney struggled back across the battlefield, eventually returning to his own lines and turning over the colors to another survivor of the 54th, saying, “Boys, I only did my duty; the old flag never touched the ground!” Carney received an honorable discharge due to disability from his wounds in June 1864. 

The action for which he received the Medal of Honor preceded that of any other African American Medal of Honor recipient, which is why Carney is often listed as the first African American Medal of Honor winner. Carney later worked at the Massachusetts Department of State. He died, aged 68, in 1908.”  

At a time when some people are burning the American flag or using it to make a political statement, it is important to remember what it meant and what some were willing to sacrifice to defend it. 

Pallotta Calls on NJ-05 Freeholders to Oppose “Farmland and Forest Destruction Act”

September 4, 2020

Republican candidate for Congress, Frank Pallotta, called on the Freeholder Boards of Bergen, Passaic, Sussex, and Warren Counties to pass resolutions opposing Governor Murphy and Senator Smith’s Farmland and Forest Destruction Act (S-2605). Pallotta asked incumbent Democrat Josh Gottheimer to stand up for the environment and join him in calling for bipartisan united opposition to replacing farmland and forests with solar power plants of 800 or more acres.  

“It is beyond me how anyone with any consideration for New Jersey’s forests and farmland would support this plan, or even remain silent on it like Josh Gottheimer and his buddies have. Upon reading the agenda, it is more than evident that New Jersey’s Fifth District would be greatly affected, and our elected officials must step up to the plate to defend our residents. I am calling on every single Freeholder in NJ-05 to oppose the “Farmland and Forest Destruction Act”, and tell Gov. Murphy as well as Senator Bob Smith that tackling climate change cannot and will not take away from our precious farmland and forests.”


He continued: “I am running for Congress to represent every resident of my District and to protect the natural landscape that is their inheritance. I call on Josh Gottheimer to step up and join me in a bipartisan effort to oppose this dangerous legislation.”  

Pointing to a report in Wednesday’s Philadelphia Inquirer, Pallotta noted:  

“Josh Gottheimer’s fellow New Jersey Democrats have introduced a new energy plan that will result in the permanent destruction of thousands of acres of farmland and forests. Taking his cue from Phil and Tammy Murphy, State Senator Bob Smith (D-17), the boss of the powerful Senate Environmental Committee, has introduced a new plan to install solar panels on farm and forest land across New Jersey. The Democrats’ plan restores taxpayer-supported subsidies to corporations and their hedge fund backers in order to make these solar projects economically profitable.  

Farmers, taxpayers, and environmental groups like the Sierra Club all oppose this plan.  Michelle Byers, Executive Director of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, said the bill would toss a law that currently steers solar arrays toward brown fields, landfills, rooftops and parking lots.  Peter Furey, Executive Director of the New Jersey Farm Bureau, said the solar bill has the potential to change the landscape.

Furey told the Inquirer: ‘We don’t want energy interests coming in and dictating to local planning boards.  We don’t want it on prime agricultural land.’ 

If Josh Gottheimer is serious about his commitment to the environment, then he should immediately take a stand against this disastrous idea being pushed by his party and protect the taxpayers of the Fifth District from it.

Pallotta Asks Gottheimer to Take a Stand Against Democrat Plan to Replace Farmland and Forests with Solar Power Plants

September 3, 2020

Republican Candidate for Congress in NJ-05, Frank Pallotta, asked incumbent Democrat Josh Gottheimer to stand up for the environment and oppose Democrat efforts to replace farmland and forests with solar power plants of 800 or more acres. Pointing to a report in yesterday’s Philadelphia Inquirer, Pallotta issued the following challenge to Congressman Gottheimer:

“Josh Gottheimer’s fellow New Jersey Democrats have introduced a new “progressive” energy plan that will result in the permanent destruction of thousands of acres of farmland and forests. Taking his cue from Phil and Tammy Murphy, State Senator Bob Smith (D-17), the boss of the powerful Senate Environmental Committee, has introduced a new plan to install solar panels on farm and forest land across New Jersey. The Democrats’ plan restores taxpayer-supported subsidies to corporations and their hedge fund backers in order to make these solar projects economically profitable. 

 Furey told the Inquirer: ‘We don’t want energy interests coming in and dictating to local planning boards.  We don’t want it on prime agricultural land.’ 

If Josh Gottheimer is serious about his commitment to the environment, then he should immediately take a stand against this disatorious idea being pushed by his party and protect the taxpayers of the fifth district from it.

Pallotta Calls on Gottheimer and his Democrat Colleagues to Reassert Democracy

September 1, 2020

RAMSEY, NJ – This morning, Paul Mulshine of the Star-Ledger published a great column about Phil Murphy’s one-man rule.  

Since March, Governor Murphy has been taking drastic, unilateral actions that have negatively affected millions of New Jersey residents, without consulting anyone with relevant experience. We saw him shut down nearly every small business in the state without considering long term ramifications. We then saw him force nursing homes to readmit patients that were infected with COVID-19, resulting in thousands of avoidable deaths. And most recently, we saw him unilaterally take away the people’s right to vote in person when he himself declared the November Election “primarily vote by mail.” 

“Now, we are seeing Murphy reopening the state little by little, expecting us to thank him for his “generosity”. The scariest thing is that at any moment, Governor Murphy can shut things down again – because he can. And sadly, the Democrat congressional leadership in his own state, will remain silent, as they have since the crisis began. 

His excuse continues to be that we are still seeing COVID-19 cases in New Jersey. So, according to the Governor, until COVID-19 is eradicated from the face of the earth, Phil Murphy has no problem ignoring representative Democracy and ruling by edict. He pays little to no attention to a real system of measurements, like dwindling hospital, ventilation and death rates.


Josh Gottheimer continues to ignore the fact that Governor Phil Murphy is the root cause of the problem. When someone is in a position of power, like Congressman Gottheimer, one has the duty to call out other “leaders” when they are in the wrong. However, we also know that for some politicians like Gottheimer, calling out the actions of your own Party is rather difficult… Seems like that “moderate” gimmick is starting to fade away, Josh. 

Pallotta Asks Democrats to Renounce Action Together NJ’s Anti-Police Petition

August 28, 2020
RAMSEY, NJ – Republican Candidate for Congress, Frank Pallotta (CD-05) asked Democrat Members of Congress Josh Gottheimer (CD-05), Mikie Sherrill (CD-11), and Bill Pascrell (CD-09) to renounce calls by the Leftist group Action Together NJ to remove police protection from schools in New Jersey. 

“This is foolish and dangerous,” Pallotta said. “I do not believe we should be defunding police protection for schools and using children to make a political statement. Too much is at stake.” 

Pallotta recently signed the National Police Pledge, which states: 

A lawful society—free from mob rule and violent insurrection—is not possible without Law Enforcement. 

Police Officers have chosen a noble profession. They dedicate their lives to upholding the law and protecting the sacred rights of their fellow citizens. As a profession, they deserve support and respect. 

I stand with America’s Police and pledge to oppose any bill, resolution, or movement to “Defund the Police.” 

Pallotta invited Congressmen Gottheimer and Pascrell, and Congresswoman Sherrill, to join him in signing the Police Pledge.

ACTION TOGETHER NEW JERSEY DOC.

Pallotta Applauds DOJ Investigation Over Nursing Home Deaths

August 27, 2020

RAMSEY, NJ –  Yesterday, the Justice Department announced that it is considering investigating four states that carelessly and intentionally admitted COVID-19 infected patients into nursing homes, allowing thousands to die. New Jersey is one of them.

There have been over 7,000 COVID-19 nursing home deaths in New Jersey, which account for half the state’s death count.

Businessman and Republican Congressional Candidate for NJ-05 responded to the DOJ investigation with the following statement:

“I have been addressing this issue since Judith Persichilli’s response to Phil Murphy’s Executive Order, preventing the denial of readmission into a nursing home solely for testing positive for COVID-19. I continue to pray for the families of all nursing home patients or staff members whose lives were lost as a result of poor leadership.”

Pallotta expressed his support for the Trump administration’s efforts to obtain the information that state legislators, public health advocates, and the victims’ families have requested and not received, and suggested that the DOJ go even further, investigating all facilities licensed and regulated by the states, not just those administered directly by the government.

Gottheimer Blasted for Racist Social Media Portrayal of Frank Pallotta

August 26, 2020

RAMSEY, NJ –  Yesterday, Josh Gottheimer’s campaign released a graphic on social media attacking his opponent’s interaction with people “not wearing masks or social distancing.” The graphic contains a doctored photo of Republican Frank Pallotta with his face darkened and a certain shadow cast over him that has been labeled racist and xenophobic.

Pallotta’s campaign coalition, Italian Americans for Pallotta, has released a statement condemning Josh Gottheimer for this “mob boss” depiction of the Republican candidate.

“I find it very interesting that the Democrat Party points fingers at Republicans for inequality, yet they have no problem making obvious mob references and perpetuating these obscene epithets that seek to paint Italian Americans with a broad brush. The Democrats’ so-called love and tolerance ends right there when the situation involves a strong Republican candidate in a highly competitive District like NJ-5“, said Corrado Belgiovine of Woodcliff Lake, leader of Italian Americans for Pallotta. “As an Italian American, I am proud of my heritage. I am proud to support another hard working Italian American who I know will represent our District well.”

Concetto Formica, Franklin Borough Councilman and also leader of Italian Americans for Pallotta, says this was intentional: “This post making Frank appear to be a mobster was not a mistake, and it is just unacceptable. Is this how Gottheimer and his team perceive every Italian?”

They both concluded:

“We live in times in which the Italian American community is directly under attack, as can be seen with the recent trend of ripping down statues of Christopher Columbus nationwide. Josh Gottheimer is perpetuating a gross and deeply offensive stereotype against Italian Americans. We are neither rapists nor pillagers. We are not mobsters. Unlike Josh Gottheimer and his campaign, we are not racists. We are hard workers with strong American values, and with our help, Frank Pallotta will be our next Congressman.”

These are the same Democrats that darkened a photo, just last year, of an African American Republican Assembly Candidate in District 1.

Pallotta Slams Gottheimer for Protecting Phil Murphy

August 26, 2020

RAMSEY, NJ –  Congressman Josh Gottheimer is once again covering for his friend, our disastrous Governor, Phil Murphy. Yesterday, Josh co-wrote an opinion piece regarding the Paramus Veterans Home crisis which resulted in 148 lives lost. Josh “demanded accountability” on this issue, except his piece left out the name of a certain Governor in the article…. Phil Murphy.  

Josh’s piece was 1,115 words, and not once in those 1,115 words was Phil Murphy mentioned. Not once did he demand for his accountability and not once did he mention Executive Order 103, where Murphy FORCED the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home to take patients with the virus. His negligence resulted in 148 deaths. 

By comparison, Massachusetts’ Republican Governor has been handling his state’s crisis a lot differently. Within hours of being made aware of the crisis, Governor Charlie Baker immediately took action. Baker put the official in charge on leave, launched an independent investigation, has been interviewing over 100 witnesses, and looking at thousands of documents. In addition, they sent many sick veterans to local hospitals when staff at that facility began calling in sick. As a result, the number of nursing home deaths in that state is a fraction of New Jersey’s. 

Unlike Massachusetts, New Jersey is unfortunately stuck with a Governor who refuses to take any responsibility for his mistakes. There is also no indication that the Murphy Administration will conduct an independent investigation.  

The people of the Fifth District deserve both answers and accountability. Our Governor should be giving us these answers, and when he does not, our Congressman should be demanding them.

But instead Congressman Josh Gottheimer has made it clear that his top priority is to defend his friend and fellow Democrat, instead of the people of Bergen County.