Like CD1’s Rep. Donald Norcross (whose job is Norcross-safe), we began seeing CD5’s freshly-minted seat-flipper Josh Gottheimer vote with the Republicans on some issues almost the minute he got into office. Item – Hours after his swearing in, voted with GOP to give Congress more power to invalidate regulations adopted by the Obama administration. Item – Just over a week in office, he voted with only 8 other Dems for a bill Scott Garrett sponsored. FiveThirtyEight pegs Gottheimer’s Trump Score – how often he votes in line with Trump’s position – at a whopping 37.5%. That’s more than double NJ’s 2nd-highest Trump score (Pascrell at 17.5%). Btw, Bonnie Watson Coleman’s NJ’s lowest at 2.5%.
Gottheimer’s a Clinton Democrat (Bill’s speechwriter, Hillary’s 2008 campaign advisor). A centrist and cheerleader for other centrists, who see their ilk the solution to a Congress split on nearly everything. A co-leader of the 40-member bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, currently positioning themselves as the fixers for Obamacare.
Gottheimer talks about cutting taxes, but last week voted for a national defense bill that includes funding for Trump’s Mexico wall – which he says he opposes but just voted to fund. How do you see this, Blue Jersey?