Read through the sponsors of last night’s candidate forum in Bergen County – where most of Rep. Garrett’s constituents live. If you wanted to piss off women, African-Americans and Jews, ignoring an invitation to talk to these folks is how you’d do it: Bergen County African American Voters Coalition, Black Clergy Council of Teaneck, Englewood and Vicinity National Council of Jewish Women Bergen County Section, North Jersey Board of Rabbis. Northern New Jersey Region of Hadassah, CRC of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, League of Women Voters of Bergen County, and The Jewish Standard. It was a packed house last night, in the hundreds. Promoted by Rosi
The 5th Congressional District Candidate Forum on Monday night in Ridgewood went ahead without Congressman Scott Garrett, who declined the invitation to address his constituents about the issues of the day. The debate moderators introduced the format and time limitations for answers and performed their duties asking questions they had prepared and questions written by audience members, maybe 350 (I’m no good at guessing this) but definitely an overflow standing-room only crowd, lining the walls and spilling down the hallway.
Challenger Roy Cho took the podium alone and gave an opening statement. He answered each question within the prescribed time. And the audience kept being reminded by the moderators to hold their applause until the end.