The fledgling congressional campaign of Robert J. Menendez was boosted on Monday morning by an endorsement from Brian P. Stack, the mayor of Union City and a state senator from Hudson County.
The 36-year-old Menendez, the son of U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez, is quickly emerged as the leading candidate to succeed retiring Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) in New Jersey’s 8th district.
“I am supporting Rob Menendez for Congress,” Stack told the New Jersey Globe. “I’ve gotten to know him over the last several years and he’s a great guy. He’s very intelligent and brings a lot of energy. He will be a great congressman.”
Menendez grew up in Union City, where his father was a school board member, mayor and state legislator before winning a House seat in 1992.
Stack is a Human GOTV Machine, with a reputation for posting monster turnout in Union City. Last month, he delivered the highest turnout in Hudson County. His ability to crank out votes in the largely Hispanic, working class city provides Menendez with a critical base as he builds support to take Sires’ seat.
Sires told the New Jersey Globe that he’ll make a formal announcement by the end of the month.
“I look forward to working really hard for him, not only in Union City but throughout the 33rd legislative district.
An attorney, Menendez now serves as a commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.