Democrat Camille Abate will announce next month that she will enter the race to challenge GOP Rep. Scott Garrett in 2008. The Glen Rock attorney ran for Congress last year, and won 34% in her primary challenge to the organization candidate, Paul Stuart Aronsohn – despite her late entrance and being significantly outspent.
"We're going to do it right this time,” said Abate, a progressive activist who entered the contest only after Dorothea Anne Wolfe dropped out.
Aronsohn, a former aide to Gov. James E. McGreevey, received 44% of the vote against Garrett in the general election. He is mulling an ’08 rematch.
“Anne’s withdrawal left a very moderate Democrat as the only alternative,” Ms. Abate said. “I am convinced that we need a strong voice in Washington to speak out against the war in Iraq and the assault on civil liberties by the Bush Administration and to fight for working and middle class people who have been shouldering enormous burdens as a result of Bush's misguided policies and a complicit Congress. This time I intend to win the Democratic nomination and unseat Scott Garrett in the general election."