Monday, January 21, 2013
Andrew Maguire, a Ridgewood native, is moving back to the village to potentially take on Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5th).
A former Bergen County politico and Ridgewood native is considering taking on Rep. Scott Garrett for the 5th District seat in 2014, according to The Record's Charles Stile. Stile reported Saturday that Andrew Maguire, who was a Democratic congressman in the 1970s, is in talks with Bergen County Democrat Committee Chairman Lou Stellato to square off with the Tea Party darling. First elected to the House in 1975, Maguire was ousted from his Congressional seat by Ridgewood's Marge Roukema in 1980. He's moving back to his hometown of Ridgewood (RHS Class of 1956) from Maryland in March, according to Stile. The Harvard grad has worked at the UN, US State Department. He most recently has served as Executive Director of The GAVI Fund's Immunize …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The Ridgewood mayor – who lost to Congressman Scott Garrett in his 2006 congressional run – said Garrett needs to reverse his position and support President Obama's request for a $60 billion federal aid package.
Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5th) is failing the citizens of New Jersey by putting ideology over the needs of people still suffering through the devastation of Super Storm Sandy, Ridgewood Mayor Paul Aronsohn wrote in a scatching op-ed in The Record. The Ridgewood mayor, who lost to Garrett in a race for the 5th district Congressional seat in 2006, hammered the conservative from Wantage for not supporting the $60 billion federal Sandy aid package request. Garrett is the only federal lawmaker in the Garden State to not support the bundle of infrastructure upgrade requests made to Congress, expressing skepticism that accountability would be present or that the money would be spent effectively. Garrett is nothing if not consistent. The conservative …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Republican congressman wins sixth term
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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 …
Monday, October 22, 2012
But incumbent GOP congressman says issues transcend redrawn boundaries
Monday, October 22, 2012
By Mary Barr Mann, NJSpotlight.com New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District has been in Republican hands for nearly 70 years, butAdam Gussen -- the Democratic challenger to incumbent Rep. Scott Garrett -- says the district has become “eminently competitive” for his party. Indeed, a recent Bergen County Republican Organization poll shows a tight race — with Garrett ahead of Gussen by only 2 percentage points -- despite the fact that Gussen has relatively little name recognition and funding. Yet the race is not on the national radar; neither party is targeting the race. Garrett has held the seat for the past 10 years, fending off successive Democratic challengers and earning a reputation as the most conservative congressman from New Jersey …
Monday, October 8, 2012
Republican centers attacks on President Obama.
Republican 5th District Rep. Scott Garrett largely ignored Democratic challenger Adam Gussen at a debate Sunday in Mahwah, instead focusing his attacks on President Barack Obama, northjersey.com reported. “I’m not President Obama, and there’s no empty chair for Clint Eastwood to talk to either,” Gussen said, according to the report. Gussen, Teaneck’s deputy mayor, accused of Garrett of backing “big business and special interests” over area families, according to a Jewish Standard report. He pointed to his experience on the Teaneck council and his work in business development with small to mid-sized businesses. On foreign policy, Garrett said Obama was “treating our friends as enemies” and pointed to recent violent in the region, the report…
Monday, September 24, 2012
Republican congressman's support for Israel amounts to "empty words," Teaneck opponent says.
Monday, September 24, 2012
The following is a letter to the editor from Adam Gussen: Over his years in Congress, Scott Garrett has voted to support the State of Israel on several occasions. He's voted to recognize the Israel on her anniversary. He's recognized her right to defend herself. He's voted to urge Mahmoud Abbas to remove the 10 articles in the Fatah Constitution that call for Israel's destruction and terrorism against Israel. In short, Scott Garrett has stood with Israel on many occasions. However, when Israel's security was actually being threatened, Scott Garrett put partisan politics ahead of the safety of every Israeli man woman and child. In October of last year, Scott Garrett voted against an amendment designed to stop US land from being …
Friday, September 21, 2012
Republican incumbent given about $900,000 from finance, real estate and insurance interests, according to a study.
Donations from financial, insurance and real estate interests made up nearly 56 percent of the more than $1.6 million raised by Republican Rep. Scott Garrett in the current race, a report from the Sunlight Foundation found. Only two other members of congress have received more from financial, real estate and insurance groups in the current election cycle, according to the study. Garrett received a total of $918,038 from the interests. The Sunlight Foundation said the campaign cash buys access. Garrett chairs a subcommittee overseeing financial market regulation, including the Securities and Exchange Commission. “It buys face time at fundraisers and a chance to make sure that members of Congress hear about the concerns of the financial …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Teaneck candidate concedes he is unlikely to beat Republican Rep. Scott Garrett in rural county.
Teaneck Deputy Mayor Adam Gussen told Sussex County Democrats he is unlikely to beat Wantage Republican Rep. Scott Garrett in the rural county, but could win the 5th district congressional race with support from Bergen votes, the New Jersey Herald reported. Redistricting shifted most of Teaneck and other Democratic strongholds, including Hackensack, to Garrett’s Republican-leaning 5th district. The possibly of Garrett becoming House Budget Committee chair under a Mitt Romney presidency could also fuel Democratic votes, Gussen said in the report. Gussen faces Garrett’s nearly $2 million campaign war chest, including backing from major national donors, according to reports. Related Stories: Follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter or …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Republican congressman says law is attack on the economy.
Rep. Scott Garrett, R-Wantage, called President Obama’s healthcare reform law “an assault on the economy and job creation” at a forum hosted by Holy Name Medical Center Monday, northjersey.com reports. Garrett cited numbers showing optimism among small businesses in June dropped to their lowest levels since October 2011. The Affordable Care Act requires businesses with under 50 employees provide coverage or pay a tax, Garrett said in the report. The round table event, sponsored by the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, also included a state official who gave no hints to Gov. Chris Christie’s plans on healthcare in New Jersey. Garrett is facing Democrat Adam Gussen, Teaneck’s deputy mayor, in the race for the redrawn 5th …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Democrat has raised less than $5,000, according to report.
Adam Gussen, Teaneck’s deputy mayor and Democratic congressional candidate, has raised less than $5,000 compared to Republican opponent Scott Garrett’s nearly $2 million in campaign funds, according to a report on LehighValleyLive.com. Gussen, however, expressed confidence he would be able to raise money. "We're going to work to shine the light on (Garrett's) voting record and the positions he's taken," he said, the site reported. Experts quoted in the report noted it would be challenging for the Democrat to get his message out and gather media attention. Gussen won the 5th District Democratic primary. Redistricting moved most of Teaneck into the Republican-leaning 5th District. Garrett’s campaign money has come from groups including …