Steve Sandberg is leaving his job as press secretary to U.S. Senator Bob Menendez to become communications director for Menendez’s re-election campaign,
Before joining the Menendez Senate staff in 2013, Sandberg was an award-winning broadcast reporter, covering New Jersey for 1010 WINS for a decade. He has also worked at WABC 770, WOR 710 and WRNJ in Hackettstown.
In picking Sandberg, Menendez has gone with a twenty-year veteran of the New Jersey media with strong contacts within the state press corps.
“With the Supreme Court, women’s rights, the environment, and the balance of Congress on the line, the stakes in this election have never been higher, so we are thrilled to welcome Steve, a respected and experienced communications professional with deep New Jersey roots, to lead our communications team,” said Michael Soliman, the Menendez campaign chairman. “Let there be no doubt—Bob Hugin, who maxed out campaign donations to Donald Trump, was a delegate and state finance chair for Trump, and can’t even issue timid statements calling out Trump’s harmful policies, would be yet another rubber stamp for Trump in the Senate.”
Menendez, a senator since 2006, faces a tough race against Hugin, a former pharmaceutical company executive who is self-financing his Senate bid. Hugin campaign officials have said they expect to spend about $20 million on the campaign, although that number could be higher.
The role of Menendez campaign press secretary could be a path to national prominence. After Matt Miller moved over from the Senate staff to the campaign in 2006, he went on to hold top communications posts at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and later as spokesman for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.