ROCHELLE PARK – Following questions raised by incumbent Republican Congressman Scott Garrett about the residency and voting record of Democratic opponent Roy Cho in the tightening Fifth Congressional District race, state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) fired back at the Garrett campaign.
“It’s such a bunch of baloney,” said Weinberg, of Teaneck, which lies mostly within CD 5, at a Rochelle Park event on Tuesday. “I would rather have the two-year residency of the very smart, articulate Roy Cho than the residency of the person who holds that seat right now.”
The Garrett campaign has criticized Cho’s voting record, alleging that he committed voter fraud because, in November, 2012, Cho voted in Manalapan when he lived in Hackensack.
The Cho campaign responded that Cho, who lived in New York City between 2010 and 2012 and signed his Hackensack lease at the beginning of September 2012, did not consider Hackensack his true home until 2013. In 2013, Cho changed his voter registration and driver’s license address to Hackensack, and filed his taxes from the city.
Weinberg countered the Garrett campaign’s claims, made within about a fortnight before the elections, by questioning Garrett’s location in recent weeks.
“He’s afraid to appear at the [Oct. 20 Ridgewood] debate that was sponsored by the NAACP, the Jewish Federation of North Jersey, the League of Women Voters and every good government group in Bergen County. This is a guy who is criticizing someone else? It really riles me up,” Weinberg said. “[Garrett] doesn’t deserve to be a Congressman.”
The Garrett campaign could not immediately be reached for comment.