NJ-05: Syrian-born Republican mayor joins 2020 race to unseat Gottheimer

MONTVALE, N.J. – The DCCC anticipated his run by taking cheap shots at him early.

This week, Syrian-born Mayor Mike Ghassali (R-Montvale) announced that he will be seeking the Republican nomination for the 5th Congressional District in 2020:

Ghassali’s outspoken opposition to Sanctuary Statehood makes him an intriguing candidate for the Republican Party in the 2020 cycle when President Trump will seek reelection and Governor Murphy will likely factor heavily into races up-and-down the ballot.

Former Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley banking executive Frank Pallotta is already in the primary race. 2018 nominee John McCann, a former councilman, also intends to take another shot at the seat.

The winner will face-off with incumbent Democrat Josh Gottheimer.