U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin on Wednesday called for the state’s Democrats to disown U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and boycott their own state convention, at which Menendez will be a keynote speaker.
“It’s time for the New Jersey Democratic establishment to do the right thing ─ do what’s best for the people of New Jersey ─ and disown corrupt, career politician Bob Menendez by boycotting the NJDSC event in Atlantic City and Menendez’s speech,” Hugin press secretary Nick Iacovella said in a statement on Wednesday.
The call, like many of Hugin’s attacks on the senator, who is currently serving his second full term, centers around Menendez’s ethics issues.
While Some Democrats have backed Hugin in the contest, with the most recent such endorsement most have remained firmly in Menendez corner.
Still, those defections have remained relatively few, and none of the state’s most notable Democrats have backed the Republican candidate this year.
Whether or not the Hugin campaign’s call will have an effect remains to be seen, but given the national political climate, the prospect seems at least somewhat unlikely.
The convention will take place this Thursday and Friday in Atlantic City.