Robert J. Menendez raised a gargantuan $839,257 for his bid for the Democratic nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 8th district, after just three months in the race for the seat of retiring Rep. Albio Sires.
Menendez has a hefty $692,709 cash-on-hand heading into the June 7 primary election in a district where the Democratic nomination is tantamount to election.
He blew the doors off the numbers raised by his father, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, in the initial three months of his first run for the U.S. House of Representatives in the same district in 1992. His father had raised $198,625 – about $407,000 in today’s dollars, based on an average inflation rate of 2.42% annually. While Bob Menendez ran for Congress as a sitting state senator and Union City mayor, Rob Menendez is making his first bid for public office.
Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff), the Human Fundraising Machine, raised $218,656 in March 2015, less than a month after he filed his exploratory committee with the Federal Election Commission. His July 2015 fundraising report showed a haul of $412,367.
A lawyer and a commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Menendez quickly became front-runner for the seat late last year after Sires announced that he would not seek re-election to the seat he first won in 2006. He has secured organization lines in Hudson, Union and Essex counties.
Bob Menendez left the House in early 2006 after Jon Corzine appointed him to fill his own U.S. Senate seat following his inauguration as governor. Sires, the former Assembly Speaker and West New York mayor, won the open House seat.
Menendez faces Ane Roseborough-Eberhard and David Ocampo-Grajales in the Democratic primary. Republican Marcos Arroyo is running unopposed for the Republican nomination.
Senator Menendez won his first House primary with 68% and a plurality of 12,836 votes against Robert Haney, a Jersey city attorney. The incumbent, Rep. Frank Guarini (D-Jersey City), was retiring after fourteen years in Congress.