Teaneck Deputy Mayor Wins Congressional Primary, Will Face Garrett In November
Adam Gussen decisively defeats Jason Castle and Diane Sare to battle conservative Congressman Scott Garrett in November.
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 have a tremendous opportunity to put America back to work,” Gussen said at a debate in May.
The congressional campaign promises to be an uphill battle for Gussen.
Garrett (R-Wantage), considered the most conservative congressman in the state, has been entrenched in Hill politics since 2003 and is sure to have a large war chest come November.
His presence apparently scared off veteran legislator Rep. Steve Rothman (D-Englewood), who elected to wage a war with Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) for the 9th district seat after a new map was drawn in December.
If he's worried, Gussen hasn't shown it.
“It’s a huge reshaping of the voter registration that really makes this -- number one -- a winnable district for a Democrat,” Gussen previously told NJSpotlight. “And a district that Scott Garrett is no longer right for.”
He estimated the district favors Republicans by a small margin – perhaps 52-48.
Castle, a Marine veteran from Cliffside Park, placed second in Tuesday night's primary. He grabbed 37 percent of the vote, according to the unofficial results.
A rookie to politics, Castle campaigned on getting back to basics – focusing on jobs incentives, beefing up trade skills in higher education, reforming the tax code and bringing home soldiers overseas.
Diane Sare, a LaRouche Democrat, nabbed only 10 percent of the votes. The Bogota candidate, 46, has notably urged potential voters to "impeach" Obama. During the campaign she also spoke of reinstating Glass–Steagall Act, a law from the 1930s which regulated banks.