New Jersey - Congressman Accepts Shabbat Dinner Invite From Political Opponent
New Jersey - In an open letter published over the weekend in The Jewish Press, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach invites Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) to join him for the weekly Jewish tradition of a Shabbat meal: â€śEvery Friday night at our Sabbath table my wife and I host all kinds of people. We love having guests and it would be my honor for us to host you and your family either this coming Friday night or whenever it may suit you, although sooner would be better than later.â€ť
The celebrity religious speaker says Pascrell, who is Roman Catholic, wouldnâ€™t be the first politician to grab a bipartisan bite to eat. According to Boteach, former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D) has pulled up a chair at his dinner table, and he and Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) â€śhave shared hundreds of Shabbat dinners together.â€ť
And it looks like Pascrell might soon be sending in his RSVP to his election-year rival.
Ben Rich, the lawmakerâ€™s chief of staff, tells ITK, â€śCongressman Pascrell said that he would gladly accept an invitation to Shabbat dinner.â€ť
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