Friday, March 13, 2009

Garrett Gets a Favorable Op-Ed

While it's not uncommon for Representative Scott Garrett to find himself the focus of editorials, columns, and blog posts (clammyc rips him today on Blue Jersey); it's rather uncommon for him to get 1,500 words of praise.

However, that's happened over at PolitickerNJ, where former EPA Region 2 Administrator Alan Steinberg talked about bailouts and credit default swaps. Here's a taste:
I first met Scott Garrett when I began my service as Senior Policy Advisor on the Assembly Republican Staff in June, 1992 while he was serving in his second term as an Assemblyman. Over the past 17 years, both in his capacity as an Assemblyman and as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, I have had the good fortune to work with Scott on numerous issues, and my respect for his intellect, character, ethics, integrity, and courage has grown.


Every two years, the Trenton insiders of both parties talk of the ultimate electoral demise of Scott Garrett. To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of Scott’s political death continue to be exaggerated. I recently had a conversation with a prominent New Jersey political journalist in which he stated that key Republicans want to sacrifice Scott’s 5th District seat in the next reapportionment. Nothing could be a more politically suicidal move for the New Jersey GOP than that.
Although not a constituent, or donor, Steinberg is obviously starting the fight of 2011 now on Garrett's behalf.

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