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Some Dems steering clear of Menendez, state GOP says

By Nikita Biryukov, October 24 2018 10:39 am

The New Jersey GOP is pointing to Democratic elected officials that and candidates that have remained silent on U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez’s reelection campaign in order to challenge the support the senator has among his own party.

The list includes names of 29 members of the State Senate and Assembly, as well as House candidates Jeff Van Drew and Tom Malinowski. It’s worth noting that a number of elected Republican officials have stayed out of New Jersey’s U.S. Senate race as well, though, like with the Democrats, it’s not clear why.

“If New Jersey’s Democrats have such a public aversion to Senator Bob Menendez as a party leader, why do they remain silent? Just which way do their moral compasses point?” State GOP chair Doug Steinhardt said. “If the 29 Democratic standard bearers reflected on this list aren’t willing to stand with their own US Senator, then voters deserve to know that.  And if they are, then voters deserve to know that too.”

It’s not clear why those members are staying clear of Menendez, but the senator might not need the help, as polls have consistently shown him up over opponent Bob Hugin, though that margin is far narrower than Menendez and other Democrats would like.

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