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Congressman's Office Sorry For Using Soviet Medals In Veterans Ad

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CONGRESSMAN SCOTT GARRETT
U.S. Representative Scott Garrett, a Republican from New Jersey, speaks during an interview in New York, U.S., on Monday, May 10, 2010. Garrett, who serves on the House Financial Services Committee, said Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which own or guarantee $5 trillion of U.S. mortgages, should be wound down over the next four or five years to allow private firms to finance housing. Photographer: Jonathan Fickies/Bloomberg via Getty Images | Bloomberg via Getty Images

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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