In response to news today that U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5) refused to give money to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) because it backs gay candidates, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) came out swinging.
“I do not agree philosophically with Scott Garrett on anything – except maybe support for Israel,” said the veteran Bergen Democrat. “His values do not represent the values of the citizens of New Jersey. The Republican Party, starting with Governor Christie, should stand up and denounce this disgusting behavior. He’s been given the support of the Republican Party. They should stand up and say ‘this does not represent their values.'”
Weinberg is encouraged by the fledgling candidacy of former Clinton speechwriter Josh Gottheimer, who has shown early fundraising prowess on his to building a credible campaign warchest to take on Garrett.
“I’m glad we have a very viable candidate running against him [Garrett],” Weinberg told PolitickerNJ. “It’s up to the residents to really inform themselves on this. I do not believe he represents the values of New Jersey.”
Three quarters of Weinberg’s hometown of Teaneck fall within the 5th District, and the senate majority leader worries about their lack of federal representation. She herself lives in that portion of the district served by U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9).
Equally outraged this morning over the story about Garrett’s refusal to support the NRCC because it supports gays was Assemblyman Tim Eustace (D-38).
Eustace is one of two openly members of the General Assembly and last month he lost his husband.
“I would certainly hope it gives us more traction,” the Assemblyman told PolitickerNJ when asked about the impact of the story on Garrett’s reelection chances come 2016. “This is dereliction of duty. If you’re selecting a group of American citizens that you do not represent, then you need to go home.
“It really is par for the course with him and part of insidious insular thought process,” Eustace added.