Scott Garrett R-Wantage.
Theise is something of a centrist — former Republican running as a Democrat — who made some unbridled charges at the debate at Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley. Garrett kept his cool and spoke more to the perceived missteps of President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi more than anything he had on Theise.
He talked about restoring optimism to Washington, as he denounced the Democrats as more obstructionist that the GOP. The district has been in Republican control sinceand Theise came out firing at Garrett, who turned down a more extensive debate schedule. And on leaving the congressional session before renewing the Bush tax cuts, he pegged Pelosi for abandoning business owners.
Obama said he wanted to work with Republicans, Garrett said, but when the congressman handed the president a report on the topic — as Obama strolled the floor for handshakes after a speech — Garrett never heard back. Chris Christie after he won the Democratic primary that said Christie wanted to work with Theise going forward.
This prompted an outburst from the crowd — not the only one — but one that had independent candidate Mark Quick, a Warren County Republican, removed from the building. Whereas, he said, Theise is in favor of disincentives for foreign investment in business and jobs in America. On Israeli relations, Theise told the many Jewish constituents in the crowd that he supports a two state solution.
Garrett took a different approach. Is the country doing enough?
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