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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe.)

Menendez pushes back on columnist stereotyping of Hudson County politics

U.S. Senator: ‘That’s Mr. Moran’s view, not mine’

By David Wildstein, April 26 2021 5:20 pm

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez today defended the honor of Hudson County against claims by a North Jersey journalist that everyone from Hudson is somehow tainted and unworthy of holding high public office.

Menendez’s comments came in response to a question from a POLITICO reporter about the possible nomination of Esther Suarez, the Hudson County Prosecutor, as New Jersey’s next U.S. Attorney.  The senior senator took aim at a geographic bias in recent columns written by Star-Ledger’s Tom Moran.

“I don’t live in the Olympian tower that Mr. Moran lives.  I don’t live in a world of only black and white.  I don’t live in a world that anybody who comes from Hudson County is not worthy of achieving any position,” said Menendez.  “That’s Mr. Moran’s view, not mine.”

Menendez declined comment on a nomination that President Joe Biden has not yet made.

“I don’t even know who the nominee is finally going to be,” said Menendez, suggesting that Moran doesn’t know either.  “I guess somebody has a magic ball to understand what’s happening.”

Moran has been on a personal jihad to torpedo Suarez, hurling personal attacks at Menendez and U.S. Senator Cory Booker.

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