Robert J. Menendez, the clear front runner for the Democratic nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 8th district, today formally announced that he would seek the seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York).
Menendez, the son of U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez, has already scored organization lines in Hudson and Union counties.
He said he picked January 6, the first anniversary of events last year at the U.S. Capitol, to announce his candidacy.
“This is a generation defining moment. How we move forward in a time of insurrection, global pandemic, and economic uncertainty will define the America we leave for our children to inherit and will take all of us working together to succeed,” Menendez said. “With our future, and our children’s future, at stake, we can no longer sit on the sidelines. That is why I am running for Congress and asking you to join with me in this fight.”
In the week before Christmas, Menendez secured endorsements from Gov. Phil Murphy, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, and incoming Senate President Nicholas Scutari. He also has the backing of Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and two state senators, Union City Mayor Brian Stack and North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco.
“The people of the 8th congressional district represent the best of who we are, the best we can be, and the blueprint for a more inclusive future,” said Menendez, “It’s here where my family, like so many others, planted our American roots. Where we set our foundation. Where we grew and prospered alongside our neighbors. This place and these incredible people have shaped me into who I am. I am running to make sure their voices are heard in Congress each and every day.”