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Robert J. Menendez. (Photo: Lowenstein Sandler).

AFSCME backs Menendez for 8th congressional district

Senator’s son is strong frontrunner for open seat

By Joey Fox, March 29 2022 4:13 pm

The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) New Jersey Council 63 endorsed Port Authority Commissioner Rob Menendez today for New Jersey’s open 8th congressional district.

“Rob Menendez is a bright, young voice for working families in the 8th district,” AFSCME NJ Council 63 executive director Steve Tully said in a statement. “Rob has shown that he understands the critical role that public employees play in our municipalities, counties, and our state. In Washington, he will fight for our rights to protect the men and women that work tirelessly everyday to provide essential services to the public.”

Menendez is the clear frontrunner for the seat, which is currently represented by retiring Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) and which was once held by Menendez’s father, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez. The younger Menendez garnered the support of key Democratic players and organizations, including Gov. Phil Murphy and the district’s county parties, before Sires had even formally announced his retirement.

Also running in the Democratic primary are healthcare startup director David Ocampo Grajales, former Chris Christie aide Brian Varela, and – apparently – Amistad Commission member Ane Roseborough-Eberhard.

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