“Individuals do not understand that Senator Menendez is sort of a rock star in Hudson County,” Vainieri stated in September, after Menendez’s preliminary indictment.
It is Murphy’s first endorsement by any group within the county, and it carries each symbolic and sensible influence. Not solely does it present that Democrats in Menendez’s house base are prepared to maneuver ahead, nevertheless it means Murphy will get the coveted “county line” within the densely populated, closely Democratic county throughout the Hudson River from New York Metropolis.
Hudson Democrats in an announcement praised Murphy “for her sturdy document of advocating for progressive coverage initiatives” and didn’t point out Menendez.
background: Menendez grew up in Union Metropolis, in northern Hudson County, and has lived there most of his life, though extra not too long ago he has resided close to Englewood Cliffs in Bergen County. Menendez constructed his political profession in Hudson, the place he was first elected to the Union Metropolis Faculty Board within the Nineteen Seventies earlier than representing the district within the state Legislature, Home of Representatives and U.S. Senate.
Menendez was an influence dealer in Hudson County till his indictment. His son, Rob Menendez, took over his previous Home seat in 2022 after Albio Ceres retired with the approval of native Democrats.
Menendez has not stated whether or not he’ll run for re-election, however in current weeks he has made defiant statements, together with on Wednesday morning to welcome the launch of Tammy Murphy’s marketing campaign.
Mayors from all however certainly one of Hudson County’s municipalities joined the assertion supporting Tammy Murphy.
What then? If Menendez chooses to run for re-election, his son might have to decide on between working for re-election on a ticket that agrees together with his father or opposes it. The one Hudson County mayor lacking from the endorsement assertion was Ravi Bhalla of Hoboken, who was contemplating a main challenger to the youthful Menendez.
A Stockton ballot carried out late final month confirmed that 71 % of New Jersey residents had a unfavorable view of the senator.