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Menendez builds warchest for 2024 re-election campaign

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman strongly outpaces where he was six years ago

By David Wildstein, July 13 2021 10:13 pm

Still three years away from his re-election campaign, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez raised $1,007,620 during the 2nd quarter of 2021 and has $2,618,176 cash-on-hand.

Menendez told the New Jersey Globe last September that he planned to seek re-election to a fourth full term in 2024.

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The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is far ahead of where he was at the same point in his last term.  In the 2nd quarter of 2015, Menendez had raised $66,588 and had $1,180,046 in his campaign warchest.

“As he continues to help other Democrats in New Jersey and nationally, the senator has also begun to focus on his own re-election campaign,” said Michael Soliman, Menendez’s top political advisor.  “He has always been a strong fundraiser.”

In 2018, Menendez raised $10,510,612 for his re-election bid.  He was re-elected by 354,299 votes, 54%-43%, against Bob Hugin, a Republican who spent $36 million of his own money running for the Senate.  Hugin is now the New Jersey Republican State Chairman.

Menendez will begin his re-election campaign as a heavy favorite in a state that has not elected a Republican to the U.S. Senate since 1972.  Only Hawaii has gone longer than New Jersey without electing a Republican senator.

Now at the peak of his political career as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, Menendez first went to the Senate in 2006 when he was appointed to fill the seat Jon Corzine gave up becoming governor.

He won a full six-year term by nine points in 2006 and was re-elected by 18 points in 2012.

Menendez first won public office in 1974, at age 20, when he was elected to the Union City school board.  He was elected mayor of Union City in 1986, Assemblyman in 1987, State Senator in 1990, and to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992.

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