Team McGreevey ’06

There are two candidates for the Democratic nomination for Congress in the fifth district, where GOP Congressman Scott Garrett is seeking re-election to a third term: Dorothea Anne Wolfe, a former Bergen County Improvement Authority Chairwoman who won 41% against Garrett in 2004, and Paul Aronsohn, a Public Affairs executive at Pfizer who served as Press Secretary to Governor James E. McGreevey. The likelihood that the Republicans will seek to exploit Aronsohn’s connection to McGreevey is exactly why some Bergen Democratic officials are second guessing his candidacy. Both parties have suggested that his defense of Israeli poet Golan Cipel as the state Homeland Security advisor (Cipel “brings a wealth of experience to the job,” Aronsohn said) will come up during the campaign, and Democrats, with a priority of re-electing County Executive Dennis McNerney in a potentially tough race against former gubernatorial candidate Todd Caliguire, are concerned that Cipel and McGreevey could become a local issue. As a result of working for McGreevey, Aronsohn has a further challenge of repairing strained relationships with the Trenton press corps. But Aronsohn’s key attribute, besides a resume that includes working for the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations, is his fundraising ability. New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, former United Nations Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, ex-White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry and CNN host/Democratic strategist Paul Begala have all been helping Aronsohn raise money. Wolfe has filed a complaint against Aronsohn with the Federal Election Commission, alleging that he failed to file campaign finance reports even though he has spent more than $5,000 exploring a potential House bid. Aronsohn says he will file as a candidate next week and believes he has followed the letter of the law. But as one Democratic elected official said, “Jim McGreevey’s spokesman doesn’t have the ability to parse words…he needs to follow the spirit of every law, not just the letter of it.”

Team McGreevey ’06