The news Tuesday that former Giants star Harry Carson does not intend to run for election prompted the Pascrell campaign to renew its call for U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-9) to reject his Democrat on Democrat fight and gird for a general election battle against U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5).
“It has become even more clear that Congressman Rothman should stay in his district and fight Scott Garrett,” said Pascrell campaign manager Justin Myers. “It has been sixty days since he announced his intent to move into the 9th District and primary Democratic Congressman Pascrell and, yet, Steve Rothman continues to remain in his home in the 5th District. For the good of the Democratic Party locally, state-wide and nationally, we should all hold out hope that this means Congressman Rothman will stay in his district and take on Conservative right wing darling Scott Garrett.”
Passaic County Freeholder Terry Duffy today collected an across-the-river endorsement from former Bergen County Sheriff Leo McGuire, but Pascrell as yet doesn’t want Duffy v. Garrett.
He wants Rothman v. Garrett.
“The Democrats willing to stand up and fight Congressman Garrett in the 5th Congressional District deserve to be commended,” said Myers, referring to Duffy and Teaneck Deputy Mayor Adam Gussen.
“He is one of the most Conservative right-wing Republicans in all of Congress,” Myers said of Garrett. “He stands on the front lines for the NRA while fighting against a ban on discrimination against gays in the workplace. Congressman Garrett consistently fights against any attempts at bipartisan cooperation, often at the expense of middle class taxpayers, and stands against eliminating tax breaks for those making more than $1 million dollars a year while also advocating against extending unemployment benefits and minimum wage increases.”