Arati Kreibich Is Taking On "Trump's Favorite Democrat" In New Jersey
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In many primary elections nationwide, progressive challengers are running to kick out ineffective, centrist Democrats who have failed to meet their...
constituents' needs.

For Dr. Arati Kreibich — who is challenging Rep. Josh Gottheimer in New Jersey's 5th Congressional District in today's primary — it's personal: She volunteered to reelect her opponent two years ago. But after he voted to give funding to Trump's border wall, Kreibich decided she had had enough of "Trump's favorite Democrat," as she labeled him. (Check out, a website her campaign set up.)

Dr. Kreibich, who came to the U.S. from India at age 11, is a neuroscientist whose research focuses on opiate addiction. She became politically active after Trump was elected in 2016, when she successfully ran for the Glen Rock, NJ, borough council, and became its first South Asian member. Unlike Gottheimer, she supports policies like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal, and she says her district has changed a lot in the past few years and is ready for a progressive in Congress.

Ahead, we spoke with Kreibich about why she believes North Jersey needs new leadership, Trump's response to COVID-19, her children, and more.

Why do you believe Rep. Josh Gottheimer needs to be replaced?

"When my opponent voted to fund Trump's border wall, voted against the Iran War Powers resolution, and fought to bail out predatory lenders in the midst of this pandemic crisis, he betrayed the real Democratic values of my community. North Jersey needs a leader who will fight for universal healthcare and paid family leave, who will advocate for a Green New Deal, and who will stand up to Trump, not side with him 76.7% of the time. We need a leader to stay true to our values, to lead by example, and to govern as a real Democrat."

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