Press Release

Giffords Endorses Representative Josh Gottheimer for Reelection in New Jersey

The endorsement comes as part of Giffords’ #VoteCourage Campaign to elect gun reform candidates nationwide

June 27, 2018 – Giffords, the gun safety organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly, announced its endorsement of New Jersey Congressman Josh Gottheimer for reelection. Gottheimer now joins a growing list of endorsed candidates supported by Giffords in 2018, as part of the organization’s #VoteCourage campaign, an effort to elect gun safety champions. The organization expects to announce additional endorsements in the weeks and months to come.

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, co-founder of Giffords:

“America experienced three of the deadliest mass shootings in modern history in just the past year. Over 38,000 people in our country were killed by a gun. New Jersey has not been immune to this deadly crisis: somebody is killed by a gun in New Jersey every 18 hours. Despite this devastating reality, the gun lobby has used its cash and influence to stifle any attempts to pass laws on Capitol Hill to make our schools, streets, and communities more safe.

“The American people are outraged and tired of inaction. They are ready to use their power to demand that the leaders we elect to represent us are committed to creating a world where gun violence is not a daily problem. Voters are calling for leaders who will always put protecting the safety of our communities first, not themselves, and certainly not the gun lobby.

“Congressman Gottheimer has acknowledged the devastating toll of our nation’s gun violence crisis, and is working tirelessly to combat it. His commitment to gun safety is critical for our mission to save lives and prevent future tragedies. Giffords is proud to endorse Josh Gottheimer for Congress, a leader who has the courage to stand up to the gun lobby and who will never stop working to make New Jersey communities safer.”

Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05) has been a champion for gun violence prevention in Congress. Congressman Gottheimer supports expanding background checks and banning bump stocks. He voted against concealed carry reciprocity legislation, which would force states to allow hidden, loaded guns to be carried across state lines, and opposed the deregulation of gun silencers. At a time of extreme partisanship in Washington, the Congressman has proven that he is willing to work across the aisle. We are proud to endorse Josh Gottheimer for Congress in 2018.

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Giffords’ #VoteCourage campaign aims to elect gun safety advocates to Congress and defeat politicians who have historically worked against gun reform, or done nothing at all to prevent gun violence. The political program targets incumbents in mostly suburban districts and uses a mixture of TV and digital advertising, on-the-ground organizing, and a voter registration push to create momentum for meaningful progress on gun safety.

Learn More about Giffords’ 2018 political program here.