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Menendez for Congress campaign manager Stephanie Lezcano. (Photo: Stephanie Lezcano).

Former Murphy staffer will manage Menendez congressional race

Stephanie Lezcano will lead effort for Menendez bid to replace Sires

By David Wildstein, February 09 2022 9:05 am

A former aide and campaign staffer to Gov. Phil Murphy will serve as campaign manager for Rob Menendez’s bid for Congress in New Jersey’s 8th district.

Stephanie Lezcano was a field organizer for Murphy’s 2017 gubernatorial campaign and later worked on the transition staff and as a cabinet liaison in the governor’s office.  She also spent a year at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey before joining the government affairs team at McCarter & English.

“Stephanie is a rising star who represents a new generation of grassroots political expertise, and I am thrilled that she will be leading our campaign,” said Menendez.  “As a Latina with outstanding credentials and understanding of campaigns and government, she also represents the diversity, values, and exceptional talent we want to empower through our campaign and attract in the service of the people of this great district.”

Menendez faces Richard Ocampo and Ricardo Rojas in the Democratic primary for the seat of Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York).  Sires announced in December that he would not seek re-election after nearly 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Democrats in Hudson and Union counties quickly coalesced behind Menendez, the son of U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez, as their candidate.  He has won the organization lines in both counties and the endorsements of Murphy, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, Senate President Nicholas Scutari and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop.

“It’s an honor to be back home in New Jersey to lead the Menendez for Congress campaign,” Lezcano said.  “We will work tirelessly each day to reach every voter and bring our message to the people of the 8th congressional district.”

Prior to working for Murphy, Lezcano was an intern in the offices of Booker, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) and State Sen. Nellie Pou (D-North Haledon), and was an elections outreach assistant at Change.org.  She is a board member at the Cuban American Alliance for Leadership and Education, a Hudson County-based group that provides scholarships and leadership development for students of Cuban descent.

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