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Democratic congressional candidate Ricardo Rojas. (Photo: Rojas for Congress.)

Rojas ends run for Congress in NJ-8

Just Menendez, Ocampo remain in Dem race to succeed Sires

By David Wildstein, February 12 2022 9:48 am

Ricardo Rojas has dropped out of the race for Congress in New Jersey’s 8th district, leaving just Robert J. Menendez and David Ocampo in the Democratic primary to succeed retiring Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York). 

“We worked extremely hard this past month and I now see that the runway is too short, that success is not a logistical possibility,” Rojas said.  “Making this decision was extremely difficult, but it’s made out of respect to our volunteers, our campaign team, and our progressive movement.”

Menendez, the son of U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez, quickly emerged as the front runner late last year.  He’s secured organization lines in Hudson and Union counties and endorsements from Gov. Phil Murphy, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, Senate President Nicholas Scutari, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, Union City Mayor/State Sen. Brian P. Stack and North Bergen Mayor/State Sen. Nicholas Sacco. 

Rojas, an electrical engineer, managed Hector Oseguera’s unsuccessful primary challenge against Sires in 2020.

“I have not lost faith that the aristocracy in New Jersey politics will fall eventually, ” he said.  “All unjust systems lay the seeds of their own destruction.”

The 8th district is solidly Democratic.

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