Monday, January 21, 2013
Andrew Maguire, a Ridgewood native, is moving back to the village and could potentially take on Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5th).
A former Bergen County politico and Ridgewood native is considering taking on Rep. Scott Garrett for the 5th District seat in 2014, according to The Record's Charles Stile. Stile reported Saturday that Andrew Maguire, who was a Democratic congressman in the 1970s, is in talks with Bergen County Democrat Committee Chairman Lou Stellato to square off with the Tea Party darling. First elected to the House in 1975, Maguire was ousted from his Congressional seat by Ridgewood's Marge Roukema in 1980. He's moving back to his hometown of Ridgewood (RHS Class of 1956) from Maryland in March, according to the report. The Harvard grad has worked at the UN, US State Department. He most recently has served as Executive Director of The GAVI Fund's …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The Ridgewood mayor – who lost to Congressman Scott Garrett in his 2006 congressional run – said Garrett needs to reverse his position and support President Obama's request for a $60 billion federal aid package.
Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5th) is failing the citizens of New Jersey by putting ideology over the needs of people still suffering through the devastation of Super Storm Sandy, Ridgewood Mayor Paul Aronsohn wrote in a scatching op-ed in The Record. The Ridgewood mayor, who lost to Garrett in a race for the 5th district Congressional seat in 2006, hammered the conservative from Wantage for not supporting the $60 billion federal Sandy aid package request. Garrett is the only federal lawmaker in the Garden State to not support the bundle of infrastructure upgrade requests made to Congress, expressing skepticism that accountability would be present or that the money would be spent effectively. Garrett is nothing if not consistent. The conservative …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
But incumbent GOP congressman says issues transcend redrawn boundaries.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
By Mary Barr Mann New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District has been in Republican hands for nearly 70 years, but Adam Gussen -- the Democratic challenger to incumbent Rep. Scott Garrett -- says the district has become “eminently competitive” for his party. Indeed, a recent Bergen County Republican Organization poll shows a tight race — with Garrett ahead of Gussen by only 2 percentage points -- despite the fact that Gussen has relatively little name recognition and funding. Yet the race is not on the national radar; neither party is targeting the race. Garrett has held the seat for the past 10 years, fending off successive Democratic challengers and earning a reputation as the most conservative congressman from New Jersey and one of the …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Teaneck candidate concedes he is unlikely to beat Republican Rep. Scott Garrett in rural county.
Teaneck Deputy Mayor Adam Gussen told Sussex County Democrats he is unlikely to beat Wantage Republican Rep. Scott Garrett in the rural county, but could win the 5th district congressional race with support from Bergen votes, the New Jersey Herald reported. Redistricting shifted most of Teaneck and other Democratic strongholds, including Hackensack, to Garrett’s Republican-leaning 5th district. The possibly of Garrett becoming House Budget Committee chair under a Mitt Romney presidency could also fuel Democratic votes, Gussen said in the report. Gussen faces Garrett’s nearly $2 million campaign war chest, including backing from major national donors, according to reports. Garrett was first elected to his congressional seat in 2003. The …
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 …