Rep. Albio Sires opened his hometown West New York campaign headquarters this morning in what looks like a massive voter turnout drive to build a big margin for U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and win three local Board of Education seats where the congressman’s wife is one of the candidates.
North Bergen Mayor/State Sen. Nicholas Sacco, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, Hudson County Democratic Chair Amy DeGise, Assemblyman Pedro Mejia (D-Secaucus), Assemblywoman Anjelica Jimenez (D-West New York), Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, and Freeholder Anthony Vainieri joined Sires at the opening, as well as Rob Menendez, son of the Hudson County Democrat.
“I don’t have to tell you what is going on in Washington, and I don’t have to tell you that we need to make a change,” Sires said. “New Jersey, in plain, English, got screwed.”
Sires said his top priority was to re-elect Menendez, who faces a tough race for re-election against Republican Bob Hugin.
“I opened this headquarters to make sure in West New York we get the most number of votes we have ever gotten out of any election,” said Sires, who has a safe seat in his own bid for another term.
Sires said that Menendez is “getting his head beat in” in expensive TV ads run by Hugin, a former drug company CEO who is self-funding his campaign.”
“Menendez has the people. He’s got the votes. That’s what counts,” Sires said. “Everybody in Hudson County is working together.”