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U.S. Senator Bob Menendez. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Menendez eviscerates Trump in pre-rally comments

Senator: Trump puts New Jersey ‘in the cross-hairs of his extremist agenda’

By David Wildstein, January 28 2020 3:10 pm

Hours before Donald Trump arrives in Wildwood for a campaign rally to boost a party-switching New Jersey congressman, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez slammed the president for opposing the interests of New Jerseyans from his days as an Atlantic City casino owner.

“The people of New Jersey’s second district know Donald Trump all too well,” said Menendez.  “He built his casino empire on the backs of local contractors, carpenters, plumbers and other laborers he hired and then stiffed out of payments for services, and then nearly sank Atlantic City and put thousands out of work when his casinos went under.”

Menendez said that Trump’s record as president “has put New Jersey in the cross-hairs of his extremist agenda.”

“His divisive rhetoric has fueled a resurgence of hate and anti-Semitism.  His tax scam levied higher taxes and lower property values on New Jersey’s middle class.  He single-handedly shut down the government and caused thousands of local federal workers and contractors to lose paychecks.  He systematically rolled back clean air and clean water protections and is actively pushing to drill for oil and gas off our Jersey Shore.  His administration is arguing in the courts to eliminate protections for patients with pre-existing conditions and proposing cuts to Medicare and Medicaid,” Menendez said in a statement.

Criticism of Trump by New Jersey’s senior U.S. Senator comes as the Senate listened to their third and final day of opening arguments in the president’s impeachment trial.

The Keep America Great rally at the Wildwood Convention Center is aimed at boosting Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis), a freshman congressman who was elected as a Democrat in 2018 and switched parties last month after refusing to support Trump’s impeachment.

“Donald Trump doesn’t represent New Jersey values, but he is the man to whom Jeff Van Drew pledged his ‘undying support,’” said Menendez.  “The people of New Jersey’s second district know better and will reject them both.

Nation divided on impeachment, poll says

By a 75%-25% margin, Americans say witnesses should be allowed to testify at the impeachment trial, according to a national poll released by Quinnipiac University released this afternoon.  Nearly half of Republicans (49%) want to hear from witnesses, along with 95% of Democrats and 75% of independents.

“There may be heated debate among lawmakers about whether witnesses should testify at the impeachment trial of President Trump, but it’s a different story outside the Beltway,” said Quinnipiac University Poll analyst Mary Snow. “Three-quarters of American voters say witnesses should be allowed to testify, and that includes nearly half of Republican voters.”

Americans remain sharply divided on whether Trump should be removed from office, with 48% saying he should be acquitted and 47% saying the Senate should convict him.

Just 15% of Americans think senators – Democrats and Republicans – are open-minded on the impeachment issue.

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