Gussen Cites Teaneck Council Experience in Congressional Run [Poll]

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.

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 who served in Iraq. There’s a political organizer who follows the LaRouche movement. And there’s 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 Gussen, 38, said of potentially running against the GOP incumbent, who faces two challengers in the Republican primary but is expected to prevail.

Joining Gussen on the ballot are Jason Castle, 30, the former Marine from Cliffside Park, and Diane Sare, 46, the Lyndon LaRouche Democrat from Bogota.

“If you asked me in December, I would’ve had no desire to take on my sitting congressman, which would’ve been Steve Rothman,” said Gussen, who works in the insurance industry, of District 9’s current Democratic representative in the House.

The 2010 Census led to New Jersey being redistricted from 13 seats down to 12, and resulted in Rothman being drawn into Garrett’s district. Rothman opted to move to Englewood to in the primary to represent the newly drawn 9th District.

The Democratic primary field in the 5th offers voters three very different candidates. For instance, Sare is calling for the impeachment of the leader of the party: President Obama.

“Take the case of Libya,” Sare said. “This was a war which was run almost entirely by the United States, with N.A.T.O. as a fig leaf of a cover. In this case, we were bombing there. We did have troops on the ground … (Obama) never once went to Congress to get authorization. That’s an impeachable offense right there.”

Sare, who has been affiliated with LaRouche since the 1980s and has been a political organizer for the last eight years, also is seeking to reinstate the banking regulation law known as the Glass-Steagall Act. The 1999 repeal of that law, which limited commercial bank securities and was meant to control speculation, was “the main reason we are in this massive economic disintegration,” Sare said.

Castle, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is campaigning on more familiar themes.

“We’re mired right now in unemployment, we have an unfair tax code, we have men and women abroad,” said Castle, adding he wants to safely bring back U.S. military who are serving overseas.

Castle said Garrett is one of many congressmen who’ve become more comfortable with power, rather than serving the people who elected him.

“They need to focus on advocating for their constituents, and they’re not,” continued Castle, who sells computer equipment to Fortune 100 companies. “Clearly they forgot that they are serving at the privilege of the people. That’s what’s fueling my passion and conviction to run.”

Castle said that if he’s elected, he would like to generate support in Congress to incentivize universities and colleges to enter into partnerships with organizations that teach trade skills.

“People who have lost jobs, people who have lost professions, [need to] learn a new skill or profession,” Castle said. “They’re going to be much more employable.”

Gussen said he would be the best pick of the Democratic field because of his experience in elected office.

“This isn’t just a debating club,” said Gussen, in his sixth year on Teaneck’s governing body. “It’s a level of experience and maturity that just can’t be glossed over. There’s a real big difference with having sat on the dais … and tasked with making those decisions, and tasked with making those people’s lives better.”


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Diggler May 30, 2012 at 10:51 AM
Gussen is a self serving blow hard
Tee Smyth May 30, 2012 at 01:40 PM
ABG: Anyone but Gussen.
JamesTS May 30, 2012 at 02:28 PM
I like Jason Castle. Being a U.S. MARINE shows a lot more leadership then fighting onthe teaneck council. Castle seems like he will bring true change.
Barbara Ostroth May 30, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I am very impressed with the passion and depth of knowledge that Castle brings to the table. He understands the needs of our newly drawn 5th district, of our community, and he has demonstrated admirable service to our country. We need to support more young people like him who are stepping up to the plate to participate in our democracy!
Jo May 30, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Depth of knowledge??!! Are you kidding? Castle speaks mumbo jumbo with umms and ahs and 'let me be clear' and say nothing of anything substance. On top of that Castle is not fighting to restore Glass-Steagall and that rules him out as a viable representative.
Yeee Haww May 30, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Dianne is the only one with a pair among the three. If she's willing to take on the corrupt insanity of Obama, then that's a democrat worth voting for.
Jennifertheteacher May 30, 2012 at 05:29 PM
I think we are fortunate to have a blue dog democrat like Gussen in the race. With the district lines created the way they are, I believe him to be the only real contender against Garrett. Also, he has a real head on his shoulders, tangible experiences to draw from, and a definite fan base.
Yahya Sultan May 30, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Castle doesn't have a pair? The man was a MARINE, he served in Iraq and as a PRESIDENTIAL DETAIL! You clearly are just another LaRouche lapdog.
Yahya Sultan May 30, 2012 at 08:25 PM
it doesn't take much experience to be a politician, that is why in this country anyone can be a congressman, they just need to stand on real ideals. Gussen is just another Democrat with vested interests in himself and not the American people. Just check out how he helped cut the public education budget in Teaneck. He said he had to make a hard decision. Yea. Right.
Stephanie May 31, 2012 at 12:25 AM
I see Diane's campaign everywhere! How are Gussen and Castle going to win with no campaign?
Yahya Sultan May 31, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Have you seen Diane's campaign? She has a sign with Obama fashioning a Hitler-mustache. That doesn't get her campaign brownie points. She doesn't believe in climate change. She is funded by Lyndon LaRouche, he's got money to throw around.
Roger May 31, 2012 at 03:01 PM
I was at two debates with the candidates and Diane is the only one addressing the big issues and challenges facing the nation. I just heard that another LaRouche Democrat won her primary election in Texas. Looks good for Diane, I see her volunteers all over the place.
Jacob May 31, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Wow. The Record endorsed Castle. Did Senator Weinberg and the rest of the Bergen Democrats forget to tell the paper that he doesn't even live in the district when they pushed for that endorsement?
Dante May 31, 2012 at 04:24 PM
I recommend that people reading this article watch the following video on NAWAPA to get a concept of just how big a project Diane and the LaRouche Democrats are proposing: http://larouchepac.com/node/22525 We are talking about a project that would generate 4-6 million jobs essentially overnight. Look at FDR's first hundred days - within a month of his inauguration, citizens were put to work on massive works projects to rebuild and develop the collapsed economy. And today, we're in an even greater crisis! Diane is a leader of our nation, already - she's calling for the exact measures that will save our Republic. She has the humanity and courage to address the reality at hand - the great masses of people who are desperately trying to get through their fourth year of unemployment; those who have been kicked off of unemployment insurance (more than 70,000 this coming month alone); the innocent children killed by Obama's predator drones (see the NYT's recent article); the catastrophe of hyperinflation that we currently face; the danger of thermonuclear world war! This is not a fight against Obama nor Romney nor small-minded local politicians. It is a fight against the system of oligarchy itself! And the concomitant chains of delusion that prevent human beings from standing up and asserting their right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness! VOTE JUNE FIFTH!
Hamilton May 31, 2012 at 07:25 PM
This is an international financial crisis. Greece is about to leave the Euro and Spain and other members look like their going bankrupt too. We can't bailout trillions in worthless speculative bets. Diane is right--we have to have Glass-Steagall now. Gussen is too dumb to even voice an opinion on it. Maybe it's because he works for an insurance company.
JAD June 01, 2012 at 01:01 AM
I'm sorry but I can't look at any candidate who has anyone with a mock Hitler stash as anything other than bat shat crazy and could never take her seriously. As far as her affiliation with Larouche. Aren't these the same people who claimed AIDS could be transferred by mosquitoes and casual contact? I wont even delve into their numerous convictions for fraud and harassment.
Giovanna D'arco June 01, 2012 at 03:10 AM
I just think that these comments have more to do with LaRouche, than about Castle, Gussen or Sare. Very interesting! I think I'll put my vote with Diane (and by implication with LaRouche) and vote for Glass Steagall and impeaching Obama, if Castle or Gussen can handle that then I would vote for them. No guts, no glory!
davetheman June 01, 2012 at 06:06 AM
Diane Sare is the only candidate addressing reality with solutions. Go Diane!
Yahya Sultan June 02, 2012 at 07:52 AM
Diane Sare spoke about colonizing Mars and refuting Global Warming, she doesn't care about environmental issues and she does not have real solutions to any issue, it is the illusion of real solutions that make her the worst candidate to run for the Democratic ticket.
Yahya Sultan June 02, 2012 at 07:53 AM
Did you even read the Editorial? The Record mentioned that tidbit. It is a non-issue.


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