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>3 Democrats size up facing Garrett

>3 Democrats size up facing Garrett
Thursday, December 29, 2011  
The Record

The redrawn congressional map is not a week old, and Democrats are already gearing up to challenge Rep. Scott Garrett, R-Wantage, in a district that became more Bergen County-centric and less conservative.

State Assemblywoman Connie Wagner, D-Paramus, said she is “seriously considering” entering the 5th District race. A Facebook page created this week — Draft Connie Wagner for Congress — had attracted nearly 250 followers by Thursday.

In Passaic County, Freeholder Director Terry Duffy has formed an exploratory committee to “test the waters” and has reached out to party leaders.

State Sen. Bob Gordon, while calling his commitment to stay in Trenton a “moral obligation,” did not shut the door entirely on a congressional run.

“In politics, you never say never,” said the Fair Lawn Democrat, who emerged victorious from a fierce reelection battle less than two months ago. “But I really feel I need to focus on addressing the state issues here.”

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