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Former Celgene CEO Bob Hugin, the Republican nominee for United States Senator from New Jersey

Super PAC rips Hugin for Kavanaugh statement

Roginsky slams GOP Senate candidate for not taking a stand on Trump Supreme Court pick

By David Wildstein, October 03 2018 10:59 am

A super PAC that opposes Bob Hugin’s election to the United States Senate today bashed the Republican candidate for saying he had no reason to disbelieve Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony before the Judiciary Committee last week.

Hugin also said he had no reason to disbelieve Christine Blasey Ford, a college professor who testified that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while they were in high school.

“As a senator, Bob Hugin would have to cast a vote that would tell the people of New Jersey whether he stands with women who have credibly accused powerful men of assault and harassment or whether he would support a Trump nominee who repeatedly lost his temper and lied during his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on matters great and small,” said Leadership New Jersey executive director Julie Roginsky.  “The women of this state and the men who support them deserve more than a senate candidate who refuses to take a stand on one of the biggest issues facing our nation today.”

Hugin has repeatedly declined to say if he supports or opposes Kavanaugh’s nomination.

“Bob Hugin can’t have it both ways,” Roginsky said.  “Only one person testifying at that Senate Judiciary Committee could be telling the truth about whether Dr. Blasey Ford was sexually assaulted by Judge Kavanaugh. Sadly, those of us who thought we had come a long way since the days of Anita Hill being reviled by a bunch of male senators never anticipated that Bob Hugin would want to join the same Senate Republicans who refuse to stand with a brave woman who risked her life and reputation to tell her truth.”

Leadership New Jersey is run by Roginsky, a longtime Democratic strategist and TV news pundit, and mega lawyer Donald Scarinci, a close ally of Hugin’s opponent, Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Menendez.  The super PAC has run TV ads attacking Hugin for gouging cancer patients on the price of life-saving prescription drugs, and for using the profits to fund his Senate campaign.

New Jerseyans oppose the confirmation of Kavanaugh a 53%-38% margin, largely along party lines, according to a new Fairleigh Dickinson University poll of likely voters released on Tuesday.

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