NEW YORK — Former investment banker Frank Pallotta beat his challengers in a Republican primary in New Jersey’s Fifth Congressional District, the Associated Press announced Thursday.
Hard work behind us. Harder work in front. Thank you to everyone. Now let’s flip this seat!!#5ForFrank @NJGOP @GOP @realDonaldTrump @HouseGOP @KHartGOP— Frank Pallotta (@FrankPallottaNJ) July 9, 2020
Pallotta Declares Victory; Vows to Unite Party to Take on Gottheimer https://t.co/LdAtAGN9Fc
A Republican win in the general election would mean a return to red for the region.
When Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer was elected, he beat Rep. Scott Garrett, an entrenched seven-term Republican. After the 2010 midterm election, the district was redrawn to include more Democratic-leaning sections of Bergen County. It also covers parts of Warren, Sussex and Passaic counties.
Four Republicans ran in the district’s primary race.
Correction: This story initially misreported the winner.