Gottheimer and Garrett Butt Heads Over Allegations of ‘Pay-to-Play’ and Bribery

Democratic newcomer Josh Gottheimer has captured a union endorsement from Republican incumbent Scott Garrett.

Democratic newcomer Josh Gottheimer and Republican incumbent Scott Garrett. (Photo: PolitickerNJ)

On Wednesday, Democratic challenger Josh Gottheimer in New Jersey’s fifth congressional district called a last-minute press conference to double down on allegations he made the previous day that Republican incumbent Scott Garrett was facing bribery charges. That accusation came just after Garrett issued a press release claiming that Gottheimer was being investigated over “pay to play” allegations.

In a piece published on, both candidates denied the claims made against them.

On Wednesday before Gottheimer’s press conference, NJ Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg issued a call for Garrett to “respond to allegations.”

“With less than a week before voters go to the polls, Mr. Garrett must immediately come forward and address these charges of bribery and corruption,” said Senator Weinberg.

NJ-5 is considered one of the most competitive districts this election.

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