WASHINGTON, D.C. – Assemblywoman Connie Wagner (D-38) won’t challenge U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5) this year.
“I’ve decided I’m not going to do it,” the Assemblywoman told PolitickerNJ.com.
Wagner won re-election last year in the closest watched legislative district battle in the state.
“I like what I’m doing too much, and the issues we’re confronting are too important,” said the teacher by trade from Paramus.
The buzz around Wagner as a challenger to the New Jersey delegation’s most conservative Republican congressman started when U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman decided to move from his hometown of Fair Lawn into his reconfigured Bergen-based district rather than face an advantaged Garrett.
State Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-37) drove some of the early urging for Wagner – battle-tested in 2011 – to face the hardnut Tea Party branded Garrett.
Teaneck Deputy Mayor Adam Gussen is already a declared Democratic Party candidate challenger to Garrett.