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An Open Letter to the New Jersey State Democratic Party and the Bergen County Democratic Party.
Dear Chairman Jones and Bergen Chairman Juliano,
Our organization, JOLT (Join Organize Lead and Teach) is composed of Do-Ers. Do-Ers who dedicate their time energy and money to protect Democracy and work for a better America.
We VOTE. We Get out the Vote.We SUPPORT Democratic candidates diligently.
And we are dismayed and disappointed.
We want to know how the Democratic Party can support a congressman who seems intent on undermining President Biden’s agenda and supporting the libertarian agenda of a private hedge fund PAC, No Labels. A PAC which is on record of having the intention of challenging President Biden in 2024 with a fusion ticket of one Democratic (at this point they are considering Joe Manchin) and one Republican (at this point they are looking at Lisa Murkowski). It is political suicide.
As I'm sure you are aware, there is a potential lawsuit on fusion voting in NJ. If this ticket ends up on the ballot in 2024 it promises to compromise a Democratic stronghold. NJ voters can easily go for the middle lane. It will siphon off Democratic votes, and even if it were only to siphon Republican votes, which it won't, there is no upside to the Democrats.
Congressman Gottheimer has been declared the “archvillain” of the dismemberment of the Budget Reconciliation bill. (https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2022/07/gottheimer-is-on-a-mission-to-destroy-bidens-presidency.html). He organized opposition to the bill on the basis of including tax breaks for wealthy homeowners, breaks which he knew would tank the deal with Senator Manchin. But Josh got a lot of heat for this and suddenly Manchin was back in front, backing out of the deal. It should be as apparent to the Democratic Party as it is to us that Manchin and Gottheimer are working in concert to make sure President Biden doesn’t succeed in reviving the American economy.
Instead of supporting the President, they are working in furtherance of their own, and their donor’s, political aspirations for 2024. Moreover, Congressman Gottheimer is thwarting measures addressing climate change and economic disparity, two pillars of the Democratic Party.
This ticket will appeal to some who will see it on its face as breaking the party gridlock, but it is really a Republican ticket which will have disastrous consequences for America. Climate change and economic disparity will be dismissed.
Congressman Gottheimer needs to pick a side. He needs to support the President and the Democratic platform or lose our support in 2022.
But even more importantly, he should lose yours.
We are disappointed that you chose to shore up his district, given his actions, at the expense of Democratic seats that are in more jeopardy.
We deserve an explanation.We deserve to be supported in our support of President Biden.We deserve More.
We want to have confidence in and support the positions of the Democratic Party of New Jersey, because we believe that we are stronger when we pull together. But Congressman Gottheimer is not demonstrating unity and we deserve a public response to this by the Party.
As such, we call upon you to make a public outreach to Josh Gottheimer to support the policies of the Democratic Party and President Biden. We have a rogue court, and we don't truly have a Democratic Senate. We cannot afford a rogue Congressman.
President JOLT, Inc.
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