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Roselle Park Mayor Joseph Signorello. (Photo: Signorello for Senate).

Signorello wants to help donors stay off senator’s radar, but Menendez strikes back

Roselle Park mayor challenging incumbent in ’24 Democratic primary seeks $199.99 checks to keep contributors off FEC reports

By David Wildstein, May 03 2023 7:58 pm

Joe Signorello, the mayor of Roselle Park taking on Bob Menendez in next year’s Democratic U.S. Senate primary, has formed a $199 Club to attract donors who want to support him outside the view of the powerful incumbent since contributors under $200 don’t have to be publicly disclosed.

“We’ve been working really hard to make sure we have the resources to run a competitive campaign that can win,” Signorello said.  “But one thing we’ve noticed: a lot of people don’t love Bob Menendez but are super scared of him.”

A short video released by his campaign includes a classic clip of Menendez from 2017: “To those who were digging my political grave so that they could jump into my seat, I know who you are, and I won’t forget you.”

“To make sure when you support for Senate, Senator Menendez will never know about it, you can write us a physical check,” Signorello explained in seeking contributions of $199.99.  “And Uncle Bob will never know that you’re sick of him being your senator.”

Menendez’s top political advisor,  Michael Soliman, ripped Signorello for offering to protect the anonymity of his contributors.

“There is no other way to say this: Mayor Signorello is a fraud.  Signorello put out a video that is a how-to in evading election law.  He is literally begging people to give money to his campaign in a way that makes a mockery of the idea of transparency and accountability,” Soliman said. “Mayor Signorello seems to think it is funny to game the law and hide your campaign donors.  He has lost any credibility as a serious candidate.”

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