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Lawmakers Stage Anti-Garrett Rally Outside Oradell Credit Union

New Milford Councilwoman Hedy Grant, left, and Assemblyman Tim Eustace were joined by others in Oradell on Friday in protesting Affinity Credit Union's support of U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett.
New Milford Councilwoman Hedy Grant, left, and Assemblyman Tim Eustace were joined by others in Oradell on Friday in protesting Affinity Credit Union's support of U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett. Photo Credit: courtesy of Assemblyman Tim Eustace

ORADELL, N.J. -- Assemblyman Tim Eustace, D-Maywood, led a rally on Friday to call on Affinity Credit Union, to pull the plug on its support for who he calls "anti-LGBT, bigot Congressman Scott Garrett."

According to Credit Unions Online, Affinity is the state's largest credit union, with more than 132,000 members and assets of nearly $2.5 billion.

Among others, Politico reported in 2015 that Garrett had said that he hadn't paid his National Republican Congressional Committee dues because it had supported gay candidates.

Since then, State Farm, PNC Bank, Capital One, UBS Group, Goldman Sachs and First Energy have said they won't contribute to Garrett any longer, according reports by InsuranceJournal.com and NJ.com, here and here.

Eustace was joined in the protest by New Milford Councilwoman Hedy Grant and others. He's promised to go "branch to branch, company to company until others stand with the LGBT community against Garrett's bigotry and hatred."

"I object to Congressman Scott Garrett's positions on social issues, gay candidates, women's health issues, civil rights, the Zadroga Act and the EPA's regulation of greenhouse gases, among others," Grant told Daily Voice.

"He voted against the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act and against four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. Garrett's positions are outdated and not in line with the best interests of the health and welfare of the people in my borough or, indeed, in Bergen County."

Garrett is a seven-term incumbent for New Jersey's 5th District, which includes portions of Bergen, Passaic, Sussex and Warren counties. He's up for re-election this year, running against Josh Gottheimer.

Garrett's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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