Thursday, June 6, 2013
Former Democratic Congressman Andy Maguire drops out of race.
Congressional hopeful Andy Maguire has dropped out of a potential race gainst incumbent Republican Scott Garrett. Maguire, who served as a member of Congress from 1975 to 1981, said he won't be taking on the Sussex-based Tea Party darling in the 2014 election. He did not provide a reason for dropping out of the race. “Over the past six months I have considered seeking the Democratic nomination for Congress in the recently redrawn 5th Congressional District in 2014," Maguire, a Democrat, said in a statement. "The response from Democrats, Republicans, Independents and friends across the district has been outstanding and deeply gratifying. "But the 5th CD still needs a member of Congress who is in-touch, committed to progress and opposed to …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Former Congressman has filed paperwork to run against the Republican incumbent.
It sure seems like former Congressman Andy Maguire is looking to reclaim his old seat. The Democrat from Ridgewood is making the rounds and raising a warchest to take on well-funded, name-brand conservative incumbent, Scott Garrett. While Maguire – who was a congressman from 1974-1980 before Marge Roukema ousted him – claims the campaign is still "exploratory" at this point, his spokesman told northjersey.com that the 5th district seat is "certainly winnable." Maguire, 75, has been at party events in recent months, most recently introducing two Democratic Glen Rock council candidates. Politickernj.com reported he has filed the paperwork to take on Garrett in 2014. While the 5th district still favors Republicans, new voting lines now bring …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Democrat has raised less than $5,000, according to report.
Adam Gussen, Teaneck’s deputy mayor and Democratic congressional candidate, has raised less than $5,000 compared to Republican opponent Scott Garrett’s nearly $2 million in campaign funds, according to a report on LehighValleyLive.com. Gussen, however, expressed confidence he would be able to raise money. "We're going to work to shine the light on (Garrett's) voting record and the positions he's taken," he said, the site reported. Experts quoted in the report noted it would be challenging for the Democrat to get his message out and gather media attention. Gussen won the 5th District Democratic primary. Redistricting moved most of Teaneck into the Republican-leaning 5th District. Garrett’s campaign money has come from groups including …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Adam Gussen decisively defeats Jason Castle and Diane Sare to battle conservative Congressman Scott Garrett in November.
Teaneck Deputy Mayor Adam Gussen easily overtook challengers Jason Castle and Diane Sare in Tuesday night's Democratic primary and will now square off with Tea Party darling incumbent Scott Garrett. According to unofficial results, Gussen took home 53 percent of the vote with 73 percent of districts reporting as of 10:30 p.m. During the primary campaign, Gussen, 38, cited his experience in one of the county's largest municipalities as one strong reason he could succeed as the congressional representative of the newly drawn 5th district. Gussen, who picked up the endorsement of the county Democratic party, said during the primary campaign he favored creating jobs incentives for businesses, and hopes for complete energy independence. “We …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Field of 5th district candidates couldn’t be more different, from the Democrat who wants to impeach President Obama to an ex-Marine and Teaneck's deputy mayor.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
By Matt Manochio, NJSpotlight.com All three Democrats vying for the right to challenge the conservative Republican who represents the 5th District in Congress may be from Bergen County, but the similarity ends there. There’s a former U.S. Marine who served in Iraq. There’s a political organizer who follows the LaRouche movement. And there’s a local elected official who is also a champion pumpkin chucker. The winner of next Tuesday’s primary is going to need to be a champion campaigner to defeat five-term Rep. Scott Garrett, who has $1.8 million on hand to defend his seat. “I think, ultimately, Scott Garret is going to have more money than I will -- but I don’t think that I need to outspend Scott Garrett to win,” Teaneck’s Deputy Mayor Adam…
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
After redistricting, state’s northernmost district doesn’t get the race it was looking for
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
By Matt Manochio, NJSpotlight.com U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett, the current G.O.P. occupant and a resident of Sussex County, was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2002 and appears primed to strongly defend the seat. He faces a primary challenge from two Bergen County residents, Michael Cino and Bonnie Somer, both of whom concede the odds of winning are against them. The Democrats also have a contested primary. Teaneck’s Deputy Mayor Adam Gussen, former U.S. Marine Jason Castle and Lyndon LaRouche Democrat Diane Sare are vying for their party’s nomination on June 5. But that contest won’t provide the matchup Republicans had envisioned when they drew the new district lines last December, putting U.S. Rep. Steven Rothman, who …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Candidate will move to Teaneck, report says.
Marine Corps veteran Jason Castle announced his candidacy for the 5th Congressional District Wednesday, billing himself as a moderate Democrat who would bring change to Washington politics. In a statement, Castle said the complex challenges facing America “threaten the very soul of our nation.” “Every day in this bleak economy we all fight to provide for our families. We have all made sacrifices and adjusted expectations,” he said. “Through all of this, politicians in Washington fight the same tired partisan battles rather than working together to put forward the serious reforms needed to pass America through this crisis.” In a Facebook post, Castle said Congress has become focused on “pet projects” and partisan squabbles. Castle has never…
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Newly formed 5th District includes large section of Teaneck
Passaic County Freeholder Director Terry Duffy is forming an exploratory committee to weigh a possible congressional run against Republican Rep. Scott Garrett in the newly drawn 5th District, politickernj.com reported Wednesday night. The 5th District now includes a large portion of Democrat-heavy Teaneck after the township was split by redistricting. Garrett is a conservative and the district – comprising Sussex County, portions of moderate Bergen County and Democrat-leaning Passaic County – is expected to favor a Republican candidate. Duffy, a Democrat from West Milford, issued a statement saying he would meet with residents and elected officials over the next 30 days. “Since my first election as a Passaic County Freeholder, my priority …