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Congressman's office sorry for Soviet medals in ad

Friday - 8/22/2014, 7:54am  ET

WOODLAND PARK, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey congressman's office is red-faced over a Facebook ad about veteran benefits that featured Soviet military medals.

Rep. Scott Garrett's spokeswoman said in an emailed statement that the office was sorry an initial review did not catch the use of the stock photo. Maggie Seidel says the ad was produced by an outside vendor and is no longer running.

The ad asked people to like Garrett's page to learn what he's doing to support veterans' benefits.

Two veterans who live in the Republican's district complained about the ad. One of them, Eugene Romanick, tells The Record (http://bit.ly/1s9b8H6 ) newspaper that the medals are Soviet, and have red stars with hammers and sickles all over them.

Democrat Roy Cho, who is running against Garrett, criticized the Republican's "carelessness."

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com


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