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. 


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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.
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