A fourth distinguished Democrat in as many weeks has endorsed Republican candidate Bob Hugin over incumbent Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) in November’s Senate race in New Jersey.
Branchville, New Jersey Mayor Tony Frato, a nicely revered Democrat within the state, added his endorsement of Hugin on Tuesday to these of three different distinguished New Jersey Democrats.
“The excessive stakes within the New Jersey Senate race are greater than any political occasion which is why I’m proudly supporting Bob Hugin for U.S. Senate,” Frato stated in an announcement launched by the Hugin marketing campaign.
“Bob Menendez has spent the final 25 years in Washington as an ineffective, corrupt profession politician demonstrating repeatedly that he’s solely occupied with furthering his personal pursuits over the folks of our state. New Jersey deserves higher,” he added.
Frato went on to hit Menendez the place his most weak, on the problem of non-public integrity.
“I’ve loved bipartisan help all through my years in public service and I’ve labored with folks on either side of the aisle to resolve the issues our group faces. Bob Menendez has misplaced his means in Washington, the place he appears to be serving himself as an alternative of the constituents in New Jersey,” Frato concluded.
Menendez, alongside together with his good friend and political donor, Dr. Salmon Melgen, was indicted on public corruption expenses in April 2015 by the Division of Justice (DOJ).
Menendez’s first trial resulted in a mistrial in November when the jury couldn’t attain a unanimous choice. In January, the DOJ dropped the costs in opposition to Menendez.
Dr. Melgen, Menendez’s co-defendant within the public corruption case, was convicted on 67 felony counts of Medicare fraud in April 2017.
Hugin expressed his appreciation to Frato for his help.
“Bob Menendez’s monitor file of corruption and ineffectiveness are a humiliation to New Jersey and I’m honored to have folks like Mayor Frato who’re prepared to face up and acknowledge this election is greater than occasion politics. It’s about what’s greatest for the folks of New Jersey. As Senator, I’ll do what I’ve finished my complete life 一 convey good folks collectively to get outcomes,” Hugin stated within the assertion launched by his marketing campaign.
Brick Township council member James Fozman, a Democrat, endorsed Hugin on August 27.
Teddy Value, a Democrat freeholder candidate from Toms River endorsed Hugin on September 5.
Former New Jersey Democrat Congressional candidate Mark Dunec endorsed Hugin on September 14.
The newest Actual Clear Politics Common of Polls reveals Menendez with an 8.three level lead, however the pattern for the embattled Democrat is unquestionably downward. The three most up-to-date polls listed within the Actual Clear Politics Common of Polls present Mendendez’s lead hovering between 2 factors and 6 factors.
The final time a Republican was elected to the US Senate from New Jersey was 46 years in the past in 1972 when Sen. Clifford Case (R-NJ) was re-elected to his fourth and remaining time period.