|RIDGEFIELD, NJ - The Armenian National Committee (ANC) of New Jersey recently hosted a fundraiser-reception for Scott Garrett, the Republican Congressional Candidate for the 5th District. The event took place on Saturday, September 14, at the home of Alex and Talar Sarafian in Cresskill, New Jersey.
During the event, community members had a chance to discuss a wide range of issues with the candidate, including US aid to Armenia, Genocide recognition and education, self-determination for Nagorno Karabagh, etc. Garrett explained that these issues were close to his heart and that he would defend them when he got to Washington. Garrett further spoke of his appreciation for the ANC's support during the primary, and asked for continued support in the upcoming General Election in November.
"The Armenian National Committee of New Jersey is excited to have developed an excellent working relationship with Assemblyman Garrett," stated ANC of New Jersey Chairperson, Kim Arzoumanian. "We look forward to continuing to work with him as he moves from the State Assembly to representing the 5th District."
Garrett, currently the senior Assemblyman from the 24th legislative district, had previously responded to the ANCA Congressional Candidate Questionnaire. He has continuously expressed support for Congressional initiatives and resolutions to commemorate the Armenian Genocide, US aid to strengthen Armenia's independence, and continued developmental, as well as, humanitarian aid to Nagorno Karabagh.
The seat for the 5th Congressional district was vacated following the announcement that long-time Armenian American supporter, Representative Marge Roukema, would retire at the end of the 107th Congress. The 5th Congressional district is home to a sizeable Armenian American community and several Armenian churches.
The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) is the largest and most influential Armenian-American grassroots political organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the United States and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCA actively advances the concerns of the Armenian-American community on a broad range of issues.
Photo Caption: (4th from left) Assemblyman Scott Garrett with (left to right) ANC NJ Chairperson, Kim Arzoumanian, ANC Activists, Talar and Alex Sarafian, and Shahan Avedian