Ex-Rep. Maguire Readies New Jersey Comeback Campaign

More than 30 years after leaving Congress, New Jersey Democrat Andy Maguire is preparing for a comeback effort in 2014.

Maguire, 74, filed a federal statement of candidacy to seek the northern 5th District seat held by Republican Scott Garrett, according to documents on file at the Federal Election Commission.

Maguire was elected to the House in 1974 at 35, a member of the big Democratic class of “Watergate Babies” elected three months after President Richard Nixon resigned in disgrace. Maguire served through 1980, when he was unseated by Republican Marge Roukema.

Maguire ran for the Senate in 1982, placing second in a Democratic primary won by Frank Lautenberg, who was elected to the first of five terms.

Garrett succeeded Roukema after the 2002 election and is serving his sixth term. He leads the House Financial Services panel that oversees capital markets and government-sponsored enterprises.

New Jersey’s 5th District takes more than 70 percent of its population from Bergen County, including the communities of Hackensack, Fair Lawn, Paramus and Ridgewood. It also includes parts of Sussex, Warren and Passaic Counties. The district has a median household income of $86,213, 14th-highest in the nation, according to a 2011 Census Bureau estimate.

The district, redrawn before the 2012 election, backed Republican Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama by 51 percent to 48 percent, according to data compiled by Political Capital.

An e-mail to Maguire’s campaign wasn’t immediately returned.

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