The New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) and its national counterpart, the National Education Association (NEA), today threw their weight behind Port Authority Commissioner Rob Menendez, who is running in the state’s 8th congressional district.
“We need a champion of public education representing the students, families and educators of CD-8 in Washington,” NJEA President Sean Spiller and two other NJEA officers said in a joint statement. “Rob Menendez is an advocate who will stand up for academic freedom and teaching the truth and who will fight for the resources our students need to learn, grow and thrive.”
Menendez, the son of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, is heavily favored to win the Democratic nomination in the 8th district, which is being vacated by retiring Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York). Though he’s never held elected office before, Menendez was the favorite for the seat as soon as news broke of Sires’ retirement, quickly garnering endorsements from Gov. Phil Murphy and the district’s all-important county Democratic organizations.
Two other Democrats successfully filed to take Menendez on: healthcare startup director David Ocampo Grajales and Amistad Commission member Ane Roseborough-Eberhard. Another two Democrats were booted off the ballot after Hudson Democrats challenged their nominating petitions for insufficient signatures.
One Republican, Marcos Arroyo, is also running, but he stands no chance in the heavily urban and Hispanic district.