- Associated Press - Thursday, January 19, 2017

MAHWAH, N.J. (AP) - Recently elected New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer is diverging from some of his Democratic colleagues and planning to attend Friday’s presidential inauguration.

It’s a not-so-surprising move from someone who’s already raised eyebrows by being one of just four Democrats to vote for a Republican-backed bill on regulation rollbacks.

The former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton defeated seven-term Republican Scott Garrett in an expensive and bitter campaign. Gottheimer vowed he would seek common ground with his GOP counterparts.

Thursday at Ramapo College, Gottheimer said he’d attend the inauguration out of respect for the Constitution and the office of the president.

Several dozen House Democrats have announced they won’t attend the inauguration. Included in that group are New Jersey Democrats Donald Payne Jr. and Bonnie Watson-Coleman.

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