Garrett Defeats Teaneck Deputy Mayor in 5th District

Republican congressman wins sixth term

Republican Rep. Scott Garrett captured the redrawn 5th district Tuesday, defeating Democratic challenger Teaneck Deputy Mayor Adam Gussen, the Associated Press reports.  

Restricting expanded Garrett's longtime Republican-leaning district to include Democratic strongholds of Hackensack and most of Teaneck. Despite being vastly out-fundraised, Gussen maintained the district was winnable with support from Bergen votes. 

The two candidates presented starkly different platforms, but Garrett avoided confronting Gussen directly in the campaign. Instead, the Republican congressman's attacks focused on President Obama. 

Gussen slammed Garrett for his conservative positions on women's health issues and opposition of the Affordable Care Act. 

He accused Garrett of being out of touch with local communities in the 5th district and attended campaign events in the district's more rural areas. 

“Year after year, his ideological pursuit of a smaller government has hurt the families of New Jersey,” Gussen said in a debated broadcasted by WRNJ radio

Garrett, who was born in Englewood and has held the congressional seat since 2002, has criticized federal government overspending but noted his support of $10 billion to the Federal Emergency Management Agency when Sandy became a campaign issue.

The Wantage Republican is known as the state's most conservative House member and reportedly likely to take Rep. Paul Ryan's spot as chairman of the House Budget Committee, if Ryan becomes vice president. 


Steve Becker November 07, 2012 at 05:46 AM
A victory bought and paid for by Citizens United and filthy money.
Diggler November 07, 2012 at 07:01 AM
Now to get Gussen off the Teaneck council
paul smith November 07, 2012 at 10:58 AM
Great- another couple of years of NJ getting shafted by this right wing idealogue who mooches off the government (subsidized xmas tree farm) and ensures that his concubine in Iowa gets farm subsidies- and it looks like Bergen County, which pretty much funds the rest of the state, does not have a congressman living IN Bergen county. What joke.
Mark Davis November 07, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Garrett - totally useless and out of touch with citizens and reality
carol weinstein karlin November 07, 2012 at 12:30 PM
the issue is not that garrett was re elected. it was the choice of opposition. yes, garrett is extreem, useless, an idealogue. but if the democratic party in bergen co. can only field someone like gussen, then garrentt is a shoe in.
Diane Schwarz November 07, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Well, Rothenberg abandoned ship! He MIGHT'VE had a chance!
David Haas November 07, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Actually, Garret won, but he is vulnerable now. Gussen had almost no publicity and almost no backing from the party and yet won more than 40% of the vote. If only the Democrats would actually try to fund a race properly, I think Garret could be defeated.
Angie S. November 07, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Yeah Garrett. Best news!
Richard D. Cameron November 07, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Another two years of having a total zero for our representative. Gerrymandering at its very worst.
Mitt Rummey November 07, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Only in America, you can have a president, who has failed the country so miserably, get re-elected! This tells me something about America!
Mary V. November 07, 2012 at 05:24 PM
I totally agree with your observation. Hopefully Dem party leaders will take note and field a stronger candidate next round. The results demonstrate that unseating Garret is well within reach.
Tee Smyth November 07, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I was totally suprised to see the "unofficial" numbers: REP - SCOTT GARRETT 100,078 51.18% DEM - ADAM GUSSEN 91,924 47.01% - PATRICIA ALESSANDRINI 3,540 1.81% Garrett should not feel comfortable with this victory.
Tee Smyth November 07, 2012 at 05:51 PM
It should tell you that it's the same country who elected GWB to two-terms!
Michael J. Klatsky November 07, 2012 at 05:57 PM
In two years we will put Sussex County where they belong and North Jersey will become progressive again!
Who Is John Galt November 08, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Clearly it was going to be a much closer race than Garret is accustomed to, but that has absolutely nothing to do with Gussen and everything to do with the redistricting. Garret never previously had to contend with the recently added, very populated and very liberal towns such as Teaneck and Hackensack. Fear not, though, the district is still conservative enough that Garret is safe in future elections and due to that redistricting the strong liberal presence in the Teaneck/Hackensack area of north Jersey has been restrained.
J sim November 10, 2012 at 12:14 PM
His name is Steve Rothman. He tried to challenge Pascrell instead. He was an important member of our Congress and I hope he challenges Garrett next year.
J sim November 10, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Everyone in Bergen County should be calling Scott Garrett's Washington DC office and voicing our concern that he won't work with our President. We should all put him on notice that he is expected to compromise.
Art Vatsky November 11, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Yes, the 5th almost went for Gussen. That indicates they want a credible alternative to Garrett. It is just that Gussen was too new, too underfunded. It would have been big news if he had won. Based on the tone in the country now, I think this will be Garrett's last term.
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I, and all of Sussex County, love Garrett's conservative positions on Congressional issues. He was one of the few congressmen who had the guts to vote for oversight of the New Orleans $50 Billion Katrina Debacle, which poured our taxpayer dollars to crooked politicos in LA. I'm a social liberal, atheist, and fiscal conservative who can support Scott Garrett without reservation.
Dave Behrens June 10, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Garrett has a 'concubine' in Iowa?? Please prove it.


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