Teaneck’s Memorial Day Observance on its Municipal Green evoked the picture and spirit of John McCrae’s famous poem:
“In Flanders fields the poppies blow,
Between the crosses, row on row.”
Amidst the crosses and present to honor our fallen heroes were some 400 people including veterans, first responders, general public, and Guest Speaker Sergeant Jason Castle, Deputy Mayor Adam Gussen, Sen. Loretta Weinberg, and former Congressman Andy Maguire.
Mr. Gussen presented introductory remarks quoting from the poem. He was the 5th CD’s Democratic candidate who last year ran unsuccessfully against Republican incumbent Congressman Scott Garret after winning the primary against newcomer Jason Castle. However, it was Jason Castle who stole the day and Andrew Maguire who listened quietly but may become the Democratic standard-bearer in next year’s congressional race.
The introducer for Jason Castle said, “And now the moment you have been waiting for” followed by wild applause. Early in his speech Castle said, “Thank you Teaneck residents because so many of you spoke up loud enough not to be ignored.” The Teaneck Council had invited, then disinvited, and following rage from local activists had re-invited Castle as a featured speaker. For the remarkable back story attesting to the power of those who protest, see Nick Lento’s Blue Jersey Diary The US Constitution Wins Big in Teaneck.
Castle ended his speech asking the audience to “keep vigil for those who did not return, commit something to your nation, and celebrate “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
At 73 years of age Andy Maguire brings a wealth of experience, including 3 terms as a congressman beginning in 1974 in the former CD 7 and important government roles at the Department of State and U.N. After the event he acknowledged he was considering a possible run, he expressed enthusiasm toward taking on Rep. Garrett, but would not say when he would make a final decision. He is a resident in CD 5 living in Ridgewood.
Another potential candidate for CD 5 is Roy Cho, in his early 30’s, currently a lawyer (private equity and mergers and acquisition) who had served as an assistant to Jamie Fox while at the PA NY-NJ and as an aid to former Governor McGreevy. He already is soliciting donations at his web site and is on Facebook and twitter. In his FEC filing he lists a Hackensack address which is in another CD.
Sen. Barbara Buono who has plans to stop in Teaneck this afternoon reminds us, “151 service members with ties to New Jersey have died fighting in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
“We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow.
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.”