New Jersey's 5th congressional district election, 2006

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New Jersey's 5th congressional districtScott Garrett (R) won in 2004 with 58% of the vote against Anne Wolfe (D) in what is normally a Republican district. Democrat Paul Aronsohn challenged Garrett. This district gave George W. Bush a 184,530 - 137,019 plurality over John Kerry in 2004 and the district was one of two New Jersey districts carried by Bob Dole in 1996 when he lost badly in the rest of the state. CQPolitics rating: Republican Favored. Results: Garrett defeated Aronsohn, 55% to 44%.

Paul Aronsohn[edit]

Paul Aronsohn was the Democratic Party nominee. Aronsohn was 40 years old and lived in Ridgewood at the time of the election. He was a former staffer in the Clinton Administration and in the administration of former Governor of New Jersey Jim McGreevey. He worked on foreign policy and national security issues in Clinton's State Department and worked as Communications Director and Spokesman for former governor McGreevey for one year. Aronsohn resigned his position as a public affairs executive for Pfizer to focus on his campaign. Aronsohn is a graduate of George Washington University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Communication and a Master of Arts in Political Science. During school, he was a congressional intern for former Democratic Senator Bill Bradley of New Jersey and Senator Charles Robb of Virginia. Aronsohn also served three American ambassadors to the United Nations:Madeleine Albright, Bill Richardson, and Richard Holbrooke.

On September 22, 2006, Aronsohn appeared on The Colbert Report as part of the program's Better Know a District segment, after Garrett declined to appear.

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