New Jersey Congressman: Both Sides Need To Compromise To End Shutdown

January 15, 2019 - 8:00 am

TEANECK, N.J. (WCBS 880) — As the government shutdown reaches day 25 on Tuesday, one New Jersey Democrat says he sees no reason why there can't be a deal.

While some Democrats keep saying President Donald Trump should reopen the government then negotiate a border wall, Rep. Josh Gottheimer said both sides just need to compromise.

Though, he wouldn't clarify what Democrats would be willing to give up to fund the $5.7 billion border wall with Mexico.

“Nobody should ever expect to get everything they want, right. I've always found that you'll never find a way forward if you think you're gonna get a hundred percent or nothing,” said the New Jersey congressman.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell asked what he'd be willing to give up to make a deal, but Gottheimer quickly avoided the question.

“Are Democrats willing to find a good way forward? I think Democrats are willing to find a good way forward,” Gottheimer said.

As the government shutdown drags on, the president has edged away from the idea of trying to declare a national emergency to circumvent Congress.

Though, thousands of federal employees remain unpaid and dozens of federal agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, remain closed.