Bergen Democrats Nominate Teaneck Deputy Mayor for Party Line
Englewood Rabbi and onetime Michael Jackson adviser gets Republican nod in the 9th District.
The Bergen County Democratic Party nominated Teaneck Deputy Mayor Adam Gussen for the 5th Congressional District Thursday night, northjersey.com reported.
Although a host of Democrats had emerged in the newly drawn 5th District race, the ranks for the party nod ultimately thinned to Gussen. Former Marine Jason Castle announced his plans to run, but reportedly did not file the needed paperwork in time for the party convention. Castle has secured endorsements from Former New York Giant Harry Carson and Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-37).
Gussen has called himself a "Blue Dog Democrat" and described 5th District incumbent Republican Rep. Scott Garrett as being at the "fringe" of the Republican Party. In an interview with the New Jersey Herald, Gussen said he would be honored to represent the district's rural areas.
Garrett's Republican-leaning 5th District was redrawn to include most of Teaneck, while a slice of the township was carved off for the new 9th District.
In a wide margin, Bergen Democrats also selected Rep. Steve Rothman for the 9th Congressional District over his fellow Democrat Rep. Bill Pascrell, according to politickernj.com.
Bergen Republicans nominated celebrity Englewood Rabbi Shmuley Boteach to face either Pascrell or Rothman for the redrawn 9th District. Boteach is a bestselling author and was a spiritual adviser to Michael Jackson.