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Teaneck’s Deputy Mayor Announces Congressional Run Against Garrett

Gussen announced 5th District bid late Sunday

Deputy Mayor Adam Gussen announced Sunday a congressional run against Republican Rep. Scott Garrett for the newly drawn 5th District, which now includes a large swath of Teaneck.

“Scott Garrett is wrong for the people of the 5th District, and the people of N.J.  He represents the fringe of the Republican party and is not representative of the values nor sensitive to the needs of those he was elected to represent,” Gussen said in a statement issued Sunday night. “He has become a caricature of himself trying to outdo the most right wing of the right wing the most conservative of the conservative.”

Teaneck was split in after . A large chunk of the township was carved off for the Republican-leaning 5th District.       

Rothman opted to challenge fellow Democrat Rep. Bill Pascrell in the 9th District rather than take on Garrett. , state Sen. Bob Gordon, and former Giants linebacker are said to be exploring a run against Garrett, but none have made a formal announcement.

A Garrett spokesperson could not be reached.


Gussen's full statement is below: 

I am running for Congress.  I love my job, am dedicated to the people of Teaneck, and find hard to imagine spending this much time away from my family.

In grade school we learned that pro and con are opposites.  It has taken the likes of Scott Garrett to teach us all how Congress has become the opposite of Progress.

Scott Garrett is wrong for the people of the 5th District, and the people of NJ.  He represents the fringe of the republican party and is not representative of the values nor sensitive to the needs of those he was elected to represent.  He has become a caricature of himself trying to outdo the most right wing of the right wing the most conservative of the conservative.

District 5 needs something new.

Garrett is not the only thing to be concerned about.  While America sits each night waiting to be star struck by the likes of American Idol, Celebrity Apprentice and others, there are some things we need to keep in perspective.  While often seedy, dirty and not fit for prime time, The US Congress is not a reality TV show.  We cannot select our representatives like an episode of dancing with the stars.  Bored celebrities and ex-athletes seeking the next thrill are not the answer to the critical and real issues facing us today.

Employment, the economy, healthcare, security and education must take a front seat ahead of the lowest common denominator elements of pop culture or hyper partisanship.

Garrett has voted against:

Stopping price gouging by big oil
Flood insurance programs
Disaster relief
Women's health issues
Child locks on hand guns
Energy efficiency rebates
Voting Rights
9/11 first responders
Payroll tax breaks
Incentives for job creation
Critical spending for Veterans

If he's against all that, what does he stand for?  Besides teaching Biblical Creationism in school, and bucking decades of American foreign policy on Taiwan and China it's hard quite frankly to see what he's for.

The climate of hyper partisanship, and being the voice of No will not put people back to work.  It will not educate our children nor will it make us safer or healthier.

I am not a career politician, I have not cashed millions of dollars in politician's paychecks, and I have not gotten rich while in office. Garrett can't say the same.


Karin Kiesow-Irvine January 09, 2012 at 11:35 AM
http://www.issues2000.org/NJ/Scott_Garrett.htm
Jacob January 09, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Is it true that Mayor Hamiduddin is his campaign manager?
JAD January 09, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Please tell me our choice will not be limited to these two.
kneidlach January 09, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Proper capitalization and spelling would behoove Gussen if he wants anyone to take him seriously. This e-mail is unprofessional and bizarre. I hope he has a campaign manager who will edit all his communications, because he comes across like an uneducated and inexperienced newbie.
JamesTS January 09, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I'd vote for him over Garrett any day. and lets not forget that even if we dont like his policies in Teaneck, if he wins it can only help Teaneck residents. With rothman gone we need someone who understands local issues. i dont see that in ex football stars or some freeholder from passaic County.
John Q. January 09, 2012 at 08:53 PM
http://www.usdebtclock.org/ Sometimes the answer needs to be NO.
Greg January 09, 2012 at 09:50 PM
I'm from Teaneck and have seen this guy in action. He's an arrogant ass who's generally bored and disinterested during meetings. I generally don't vote because of the Gerrymandering but it will be a pleasure to vote again Adam.
Jack Mierod January 09, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Great news! I look forward to hearing the Teaneck libtards gnash their teeth after Garrett is reelected. How pathetic that Gussen, an incompetent boob, fancies himself suitable to sit as a member of Congress.
Ridgewood Mom January 09, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Look closely at the numbers. The current budget gap is approximately $1.3 trillion. Obama has already ended one of the two wars (Iraq) which will literally end hundreds of billions of expenditure ($700 billion being spent on the two). A decrease in the unemployment rate will easily solve the rest of it, simultaneously decreasing federal spending on welfare and increasing tax revenue. So, how is the current state of the debt an argument aginst this guy? Scott Garrett has opposed job creation efforts and payroll tax breaks. These are keys to fixing the debt probem, as this debt clock illustrates.
Ridgewood Mom January 09, 2012 at 10:53 PM
"Libtards?" How very classy Jack.
Stephen Tencer September 18, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Adam, Your Teaneck Patch letter is much better than your campaign material. You are not the issue, Garrett is. Show how he votes straight Tea Party/Ryan. He shoved Marge Roukema out. He's extreme. Show why he is no good for your whole district. Expose his voting record in detail as opposed to his rhetoric. Set the ground for his next race.

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