Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield), who ran against Bob Menendez for U.S. Senate twelve years ago, says the Democrat should resign his seat after the Ethics Committee issued a severe admonishment yesterday.
“On a bi-partisan basis, members of both parties agree that Bob Menendez is corrupt,” Kean said. “The people of New Jersey deserve a level of representation that is far superior to what they are receiving from Senator Menendez. It’s time for him to resign.”
Kean was one of seven Republican leaders to call on Menendez to step down today.
“Menendez has lost the respect of the institution of the Senate and his Senate colleagues. The NJGOP calls on our Democrat counterparts at the New Jersey Democrat State Committee to join us in restoring honor to New Jersey’s U.S. Senate delegation by calling on Senator Menendez to resign,” said GOP State Chairman Doug Steinhardt.
Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield), Senate Minority Whip Joseph Pennacchio (R-Montville), Assembly Minority Conference Leader Anthony Bucco (R-Boonton), Assembly Minority Whip Nancy Munoz (R-Summit), and Republican State Committee vice chair Lynda Pagliughi also called for Menendez’s resignation.
Brad Lawrence, a media consultant for the Menendez campaign, did not return a call seeking comment.