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Taxpayer Watchdog Endorses Scott Garrett for Congress

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste Political Action Committee (CCAGW PAC) announced its endorsement of Rep. Scott Garrett, who is seeking re-election to Congress in New Jersey.

“Vigilance on cutting deficits and reducing the debt has never been more essential,” said CCAGW PAC Chairman Tom Schatz. “Taxpayers need friends in Washington who will defend their interests, not the special interests. That is why the CCAGW PAC is supporting Rep. Garrett, who is a bona fide fiscal conservative committed to reducing the size of government by working to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse.”

Rep. Garrett has been a principled advocate for lower taxes and smaller government and was designated a “Taxpayer Hero” in CCAGW’s 2011 Congressional Ratings for his score of 95 percent. “The CCAGW Congressional Ratings certify that he will continue to strive to control spending, fight for lower taxes, and eradicate wasteful programs,” declared Schatz.

“Rep. Garrett is an invaluable ally for taxpayers and for anyone who abhors wasteful, bloated government,” added Schatz. “He is a staunch advocate for free enterprise and limited, efficient government, as evidenced by his votes to end misguided programs like $1.2 billion for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter alternate engine and to cut $250 million from the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program.”

The CCAGW PAC also urges New Jersey voters to closely examine the records of all incumbents because some have received abysmal vote ratings. Rep. Rush Holt (D), for example, received a score of 12 percent in the CCAGW 2011 Congressional Ratings and has a lifetime rating of 12 percent, earning the rank of “Hostile to Taxpayers.” Rep. Albio Sires (D) has been even worse; he scored 9 percent in 2011 and has a lifetime rating of 2 percent. Reps. Holt’s and Sires’ ratings demonstrate continued support for higher taxes and profligate spending, which have placed the country on a path to fiscal ruin.

“In the current political and fiscal climate, Congress has engaged in an historically unprecedented level of spending, and is supporting actions that will mortgage our children’s futures. On November 6, 2012, voters in Illinois should support Rep. Walsh, and other candidates like him, so that he can fight for fiscally conservative principles that will be vital to taxpayers in the 113th Congress. We also urge voters to oppose Reps. Holt and Sires, who have been antagonistic to the interests of taxpayers throughout their tenures in Washington,” concluded Schatz.

CCAGW PAC is affiliated with the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, a 501(c)(4) organization. CCAGW PAC’s mission is to support political candidates who will fight to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in government and represent the best interests of taxpayers.

Paid for by the Council for Citizens Against Waste Political Action Committee. http://www.ccagwpac.org. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

CCAGW PAC
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Source: Council for Citizens Against Government Waste Political Action Committee (CCAGW PAC)