|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 5th district
January 3, 2003
|Preceded by||Marge Roukema|
July 9, 1959 |
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Mary Ellen Garrett|
|Residence||Wantage, New Jersey|
|Alma mater||Montclair State University
Rutgers University, Camden
Ernest Scott Garrett (born July 9, 1959) is the U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 5th congressional district, serving since 2003. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district includes much of the northwestern portion of the state. He previously served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1990 to 2002.
- 1 Early life, education and career
- 2 U.S. House of Representatives
- 3 Political positions
- 4 Political campaigns
- 5 Electoral history
- 6 Personal life
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Early life, education and career
He served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1990 to 2002 representing the 24th legislative district, which covers all of Sussex County and several municipalities in Morris and Hunterdon counties.
U.S. House of Representatives
- Committee on the Budget
- Committee on Financial Services
- Republican Policy Committee
He also serves on the Liberty Caucus (despite opposing the legalization of online poker), a group of libertarian-minded congressmen. Other members include Ron Paul of Texas, Jimmy Duncan of Tennessee, Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland, Walter B. Jones of North Carolina, and Jeff Flake of Arizona.
In 2007, Garrett led nineteen US lawmakers to introduce a bill in the House of Representatives backing UN membership for Taiwan, contrary to U.S. policy since Nixon. Garrett is a staunch supporter of military aid to Israel as well as sanctions against Iran.
Garrett is a staunch advocate of a federal prohibition of online poker. In 2006, he supported H.R. 4411, the Goodlatte-Leach Internet Gambling Prohibition Act. In 2008, he opposed H.R. 5767, the Payment Systems Protection Act (a bill that sought to place a moratorium on enforcement of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act while the U.S. Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve defined "unlawful Internet gambling").
Garrett was the only member of the New Jersey delegation to vote for oil and gas drilling off the shore of New Jersey. Garrett was also the only member to vote against restrictions on "price gouging" by oil companies, to vote against child safety locks on handguns, and to vote against emergency funding for Hurricane Katrina victims. He was the only New Jersey member to vote against federal aid for household pets in case of a disaster. He was one of only four members of the House of Representatives to vote against an extension of unemployment benefits. He was the only member of the New Jersey delegation that voted to keep the government closed and send the United States into default during the United States federal government shutdown of 2013. 
In July 2007, Congressman Garrett proposed an amendment to strike money in a spending bill for native Alaskan and Hawaiian educational programs. Congressman Don Young of Alaska defended the funds on the floor of the House, saying, "You want my money, my money." Young went on to suggest that conservative Republicans such as Garrett lost the Republicans their majority in the 2006 election by challenging spending earmarks[disambiguation needed], and made several critical remarks about the state of New Jersey. While Garrett did not ask for an official reprimand, other conservative Republicans took exception to Young's remarks that the funds in question represented his money. Members of the Republican Study Committee gave Garrett a standing ovation later in the day during the group's weekly meeting.
Garrett led a drive to demand the immediate resignation of Governor Jim McGreevey after he admitted to an extramarital affair with a male state employee. McGreevey announced that he would stay in office until November 15, 2004. Had McGreevey resigned before September 8, 2004, there would have been a special election at the same time as that year's presidential election. Garrett started a petition on his campaign web site demanding a special election. According to his campaign manager, it received 10,000 responses.
In November 2009, Garrett met at the United States Capitol with protesting "tea party" constituents. After birthers harangued him for several minutes, he agreed President Barack Obama should produce an original birth certificate to verify his eligibility to be President of the United States.
Garrett is considered the most conservative member of the New Jersey delegation, and one of the most conservative congressmen ever to represent the state. He is regarded as a deviation from the norm for New Jersey, traditionally a bastion of moderate Republicanism. He has a lifetime ACU rating of 99.6, none of New Jersey's other congressmen have ratings higher than 69. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave Garret a grade of C- (2006) and B (2007–2008). Disabled American Veterans gave Garrett grades of 0% (2005, 2004), 50% (2003), and 100% (2006). The Veterans of Foreign Wars endorsed him in 2006.
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Garrett ran for Congress unsuccessfully against incumbent Congresswoman Marge Roukema in the 1998 and 2000 Republican primaries, falling short both times with 48% of the vote. He received support from several groups who had long felt chagrin at Roukema's moderate voting record; Garrett had by this time established himself as one of the most conservative members of the General Assembly.
In 2002, Roukema opted not to run for a 12th term. Garrett won a contested five-way primary with 45% of the vote over State Assemblyman David C. Russo (26%) and State Senator Gerald Cardinale (25%), who had received Roukema's endorsement.
In the 2002 general election, Garrett faced Democratic candidate Anne Sumers, an ophthalmologist and former Republican. Roukema did not endorse Garrett in the general election. This was very unusual for an incumbent of the same party, even though Garrett and Roukema had faced each other in bruising primaries in past years. However, Roukema did not endorse Sumers either, even though part of Sumers' strategy was to portray herself as a "Roukema Republican" and win support in Roukema's old Bergen County base (Bergen County is the biggest county in the 5th district). Sumers' chances decreased significantly after she made several ill-advised comments about the U.S.-Taliban conflict on an Internet message board. The race essentially ended at that point, and Garrett won in a rout, 60% to 38%--even winning Roukema's former base in Bergen County.
Garrett was reelected in 2004 with 58% of the vote. He declined to debate his opponent Anne Wolfe, several times, claiming to have conflicts with his schedule in Washington D.C. Eventually he debated her twice. In 2006, Garrett defeated his Republican primary rival, Michael J. Cino of Bergen County. In the November 2006 election, Garrett defeated Paul Aronsohn, a former employee of the U.S. State Department during the Clinton Administration and Independent R. Matthew Fretz to win a third term. However, in this election, he only won 55% of the vote—the lowest percentage for a Republican in the district since it assumed its current configuration in 1983. This was particularly remarkable since the current 5th was thought to be more conservative than the area Roukema represented for 22 years.
The 2006 election was close enough to attract the attention of the DCCC, who targeted the 5th District for a pickup in 2008. The Democratic Party nominated Dennis Shulman, a highly respected rabbi and psychologist, as their nominee in 2008. Garrett defeated Shulman 56%-42% in the 2008 general election.
In 2010, Garrett defeated Tod Theise, receiving 65% of the vote.
|Year||Democratic||Votes||Pct||Republican||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct|
|2002||Anne Sumers||76,504||38%||Scott Garrett||118,881||59%||Michael J. Cino||Lower Tax Independent||4,466||2%|
|2004||Dorothea A. Wolfe||122,259||41%||Scott Garrett||171,220||58%||Victor Kaplan||Libertarian||1,857||1%||Thomas Phelan||NJ Conservative||1,515||1%||*|
|2006||Paul Aronsohn||89,503||44%||Scott Garrett||112,142||55%||R. Matthew Fretz||An Independent Voice||2,597||1%|
|2008||Dennis Shulman||123,512||42%||Scott Garrett||165,271||56%||Ed Fanning||Green||4,950||2%|
|2010||Tod Theise||60,045||33%||Scott Garrett||119,478||65%||Ed Fanning||Green||2,262||1%||Mark Quick||Independent||1,646||<1%|
|2012||Adam Gussen||130,102||43%||Scott Garrett||167,503||55%||Patricia Alessandrini||Green||6,770||2%||*|
Garrett is a member of Lafayette Federated Church in Lafayette Township, New Jersey.
- Archive of Garrett's campaign site at http://web.archive.org/web/20030425222436/http://garrettforcongress.com
- "The Liberty Committee". Retrieved 2007-06-24.
- Caldwell, Christopher (2007-07-22). "The Antiwar, Anti-Abortion, Anti-Drug-Enforcement-Administration, Anti-Medicare Candidacy of Dr. Ron Paul". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved 2007-07-21.
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes legislation introduced by 19 lawmakers, The China Post, November 11, 2007
- Thomas (Library of Congress): HR 4411
- House votes to lift drilling ban for offshore natural gas and oil, Star-Ledger, June 30, 2006
- Garrett hit for vote against gas price-gouging ban, The Record (Bergen County), May 6, 2006
- Roll Call: Further Emergency Supplemental Appropriations, Hurricane Katrina, 2005, September 8, 2005
- Roll Call: Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act, May 22, 2006
- Bush Signs Extension of Federal Unemployment Benefits, KOMO-TV, January 8, 2003
- Carroll, Kathleen (September 30, 2005). "Garrett backs lessons on intelligent design". The Record (Bergen County). Archived from the original on 2007-03-15. Retrieved 2009-12-02. "...Garrett is calling on school boards throughout New Jersey to include lessons on intelligent design alongside evolution..."
- North to Alaska, The Politico dated July 17, 2007.
- The unending struggle for voting rights, The Record (Bergen County), July 18, 2006[dead link]
- Video: No Obama Birth Certificate 11/5/09 Scott Garrett DC House Call, NJCommonSense, November 5, 2009
- Weigel, David (November 18, 2009). "GOP Rep. Garrett: ‘I Agree’ That Obama Should Produce Birth Certificate". The Washington Independent. Retrieved 2009-12-01.
- "Project Vote Smart - Representative Scott Garrett - Interest Group Ratings". Retrieved 2009-12-01.
- "Project Vote Smart - Representative Scott Garrett - Press Release - VFW Endorses Garrett For Re-election". Retrieved 2009-12-01.
- "Candidates endorsed by Eagle Forum PAC, October 31, 2012". eagleforum.org. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
- Roukema retires, County News Online, November 26, 2001
- Kocieniewski, David. "Forrester to Represent G.O.P. in Race to Unseat Torricelli", The New York Times, June 5, 2002. Accessed March 30, 2008. "In the Republican primary to replace Representative Marge Roukema, who is retiring from her Fifth Congressional District seat, State Assemblyman E. Scott Garrett, defeated State Senator Gerald Cardinale, whom Mrs. Roukema had endorsed. With all precincts reporting, Mr. Garrett had 46 percent, to 25 percent for Mr. Cardinale and 26 percent for Assemblyman David C. Russo."
- Barnes Pleads Guilty, Primaries, & Georgia Scott; 38th Column dated July 5, 2002
- Patriotism becomes nasty campaign issue | csmonitor.com
- In Jersey, Conservative and Moderate Republicans Vie for Control of Party, accessed July 31, 2006
- Barone, Michael; Cohen, Richard E.. "New Jersey 5th District". Almanac of American Politics 2004. Washington, DC: National Journal Group. p. 1043. ISBN 978-0892341054.
- "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Retrieved 2008-01-10.
- Congressman Scott Garrett official U.S. House site
- Scott Garrett for Congress
- Scott Garrett on the Open Directory Project
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
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