The state of New York saw a number of progressive primary victories last week, and a progressive foreign policy–most notably, the JCPOA–was a central issue on the campaign trail. Now in neighboring New Jersey, a number of races are also seeing foreign policy a major issue on the ballot. That’s why NIAC Action has decided to endorse a new candidate for Congress, who if elected, will be another champion for the Iranian-American community.
In NJ District-5, Dr. Arati Kreibich is challenging incumbent Rep. Josh Gottheimer, a conservative Democrat who flipped the district in 2016. Gottheimer has voted consistently with Trump on a wide range of issues, including border wall funding, JCPOA, and the Iran War Powers Resolution. Kreibich has made Gottheimer’s positions on immigration and foreign policy a point of contention, championing instead a progressive foreign policy agenda based on peace and human rights.
Kreibich’s endorsement follows House incumbent Tom Malinowski in NJ District-7, who NIAC Action endorsed last fall. Malinowski is facing a tough challenge in the general election from the likely Repubican opponent and the N.J. governor’s son, Thomas Kean, Jr. In the 2018 election, Malinowski beat five-term incumbent Republican Leonard Lance by 16,400 votes, securing 52% in a district that voted for Trump in 2016. Because NJ-7 is home to over 3,000 more Republicans than Democrats, the GOP is aiming to take back the seat with a pro-Trump candidate. Malinowski has been a leading opponent of the Muslim Ban and an influential voice on foreign policy issues such as the JCPOA. Malinowski has also called for a moratorium of U.S. sanctions on Iran during the coronavirus pandemic and spoke passionately on the House Floor for the Iran War Powers Resolution Act.
The New Jersey primary is on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. If you live in NJ, make sure to either mail your ballot or drop it off at a drop box location on or before election day. OR you can vote in person between 6 AM – 8 PM EST. You can check out the FAQs from the NJ Division of Elections here.Back to top