NJ Politics Digest: New Jersey Democrat Met With Trump on Shutdown

Rep. Josh Gottheimer is co-chair of a bipartisan group of lawmakers known as the Problem Solvers Caucus.

Rep. Josh Gottheimer.
Rep. Josh Gottheimer. Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

On Wednesday New Jersey Democratic Congressman John Gottheimer sat down with President Trump and Republican leadership to discuss possible ways to end the partial government shutdown, according to a report in NJ.com.

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Gottheimer, who represents the 5th congressional district—including the northern parts of Warren, Sussex, Passaic and Bergen counties—is co-chair of a bipartisan group of lawmakers known as the Problem Solvers Caucus. He said he feels it’s important for negotiations to continue, but stuck firmly to the Democratic position that the government must be re-opened in order for border security negotiations to move forward.

While no solutions came out of the meeting, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders did say the session in the White House situation room was “constructive.”

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NJ Politics Digest: New Jersey Democrat Met With Trump on Shutdown