WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, January 6, 2022, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) released the following statement:
“Exactly one year ago this week, I was inside the House Chamber when lawless thugs and insurrectionists breached the United States Capitol, in an attempt to upend our democracy and our 230-year tradition of a peaceful transition of power. The insurrectionists failed miserably. Democracy conquered anarchy. Once again, America was triumphant.
While they smashed windows, broke down doors, and even tore down the American flag, the insurrectionists did not break the great American spirit. Their attempted obstruction was foiled, and our democracy persevered, even stronger.
Now, instead of splitting us asunder, Republicans and Democrats are working in a bipartisan manner investigating the attack, so we can hold those responsible to account.
Now, we must continue to work together to protect our electoral system, the integrity and security of our elections, and the will of the American people.
We must all come together — across party, backgrounds, and any lines that divide us — to ensure an attack like this never happens to our nation again.
To this day, my thoughts continue to be with the brave law enforcement brutally attacked that day and all their loved ones.
While we must not forget the dark days we’ve been through, we must also commit ourselves to unity, civility, and truth, and embrace our calling to a higher purpose and to help strengthen our nation.”