10th Congressional District.
New Jersey's 5th Congressional District
Scott Garrett vs. Paul Aronsohn.
-- Jeff Hauser
The race in New Jersey's 5th congressional district features
2-term Republican incumbent Scott Garrett running against Democratic
challenger Paul Aronsohn. Garrett served as a member of the New
Jersey General Assembly from 1990-2002 before being elected to
Congress. Aronsohn also has a distinguished history in both the
business and political worlds. In addition to working for the
pharmaceutical company Pfizer, Aronsohn also served in the Clinton
Administration, the U.S. Department of State, and as an aid to three
U.S. Ambassadors to the U.N. during the Clinton era. [Note: Aronsohn
is Jewish candidate.]
The race is receiving a significant amount of national attention
not only because of its importance in the 2006 midterm elections,
but also because of some controversial legislative decisions made
recently by current representative Scott Garrett. For one, Rep.
Garrett was one of only 11 representatives who voted
against a bill pledging aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Rep. Garrett was the only representative from a northern state, and
one of only 33 representatives overall, to vote
against the Voting Rights Act of 2006, a
reaffirmation of the landmark 1965 legislation that ensures the
freedom of all eligible Americans to participate equally in the
Garrett is among the most conservative House members on issues of
reproductive rights and stem cell research. He has voted for
legislation undermining the separation of church and state. Aronsohn
is an advocate of stem cell research and reproductive rights and had
pledged to protect the separation of church and state.
Here's how the candidates stand on issues of importance to the
|Paul Aronsohn (D)
|Scott Garrett (R. Incumbent)
- Strong supporter of Israel.
Statement: "We should also work to
strengthen and protect key international
relationships, particularly with countries like
Israel with whom we share such close strategic,
political, economic and cultural ties."
- Furthermore, Aronsohn fully recognizes Israel's
right to defend itself militarily against hostile
organizations like Hamas and Hezbollah.
Aronsohn will "work to protect women?s
- Throughout his duration in Congress, Rep. Garrett
has continually voted to undermine the reproductive
freedom of American women.
- In fact, Rep. Garrett has voted with the National
Right to Life Committee 100%
of the time on abortion legislation since his
election to Congress.
|Stem Cell Research
- Supports stem-cell research and legislation
810, which sought to repeal federal
restrictions on stem-cell research.
position paper on stem-cell research.
- Rep. Garrett supports stem-cell research.
- Rep. Garrett voted
in favor of H.R. 810 (vetoed by Pres. Bush).
of Church and State
- Aronsohn opposes federal legislation
granting funds to religious institutions that engage
in employment discrimination of any kind.
- Aronsohn also opposes the displaying of
religious icons on public property or in government
- Finally, Aronsohn opposes both organized prayer
sessions in public schools, as well as the teaching
of either creationism or "intelligent
design" in public schools.
- Rep. Garrett voted
(H.R. 27 amdt. 14) to allow federally-funded
faith-based groups to practice religious
discrimination in their hiring practices.
- Rep. Garrett also voted
in favor of H.R. 2799 amdt. 296, which
supported the placement of a statue of the Ten
Commandments in an Alabama courtroom.
- In addition, Rep. Garrett voted
against H.R. 2863 amdt. 328, which condemned
reports of proselytizing and religious
discrimination coming from the U.S.
Air Force Academy.
- Finally, Rep. Garrett urged
New Jersey school boards to teach "intelligent
design" in New Jersey public schools.