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Analyst: Menendez seat “likely Democratic”

A top independent analyst says that Bob Menendez remains favored to win re-election, but must still deal with the effects of the now-dismissed corruption charges that have affected his approval ratings. Kyle Kondik and Geoffrey Skelley of Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia said that “Menendez should benefit from the midterm political environment.” “If Hillary Clinton were president, we would view this race differently,” Kondik and Skelley wrote.
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Menendez back at Foreign Relations

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez has returned to his post as Ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and will be in line to chair the panel if Democrats regain control of the United States Senate.  He had voluntarily left following his indictment in 2015; a federal judge ordered the indictment dismissed last week. Menendez, who chaired the full committee from 2013 to 2015, has pledged to use the panel
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Menendez pledges rail safety measures

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez says that a tragic 2016 New Jersey Transit rail crash that resulted in one death and more than a hundred injuries, could have been prevented if the beleaguered agency been more vigilant. Menendez, the ranking member of the Senate’s mass transit subcommittee, released his statement following the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) review. “It’s clear from the NTSB report that the horrible tragedy in Hoboken could
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Tedesco announcing re-election bid on Monday

Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco is bring out the heavy hitters tomorrow when he formally announces his bid for re-election to a second term.  Gov. Phil Murphy, U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, Democratic County Chairman Lou Stellato, and Congressmen Josh Gottheimer and Bill Pascrell are scheduled to speak at the announcement. Tedesco is taking a page out of the Joe DiVincenzo playbook -- out of the box with
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Menendez wins Hunterdon

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez won the Hunterdon County Democratic convention this morning, assuring him the organization line in the June primary. Menendez's primary opponent, Michael Starr Hopkins, was a no-show for the convention. Menendez was the overwhelming pick, although a handful of county committee members voted no on a voice vote.  Sources say that former U.S. Senator Bob Torricelli, a county committee member, voted for Menendez.
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Report: Singh will seek Senate seat

Hirsh Singh will enter the race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, according to a report by InsiderNJ. Singh won 10% of the vote in the 2017 GOP gubernatorial after spending $1 million – nearly all of it as a loan from his father. South Jersey Republicans had tried to convince Singh to suspend his statewide ambitions and self-finance a bid for Congress in the 2nd, where Rep. Frank
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Pezzullo calls for Menendez defeat

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rich Pezzullo said that the Justice Department’s decision to dismiss the indictment against Democrat Bob Menendez will help the GOP pick up the Senate seat. “This is good,” Pezzullo told supporters on Wednesday evening. "The people were denied justice in the courtroom,” Pezzullo said, "Now the people of New Jersey get to assert themselves and throw him out of office.” Pezzullo, a Monmouth County businessman, said
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The day Frank Pallone took a walk

It’s difficult to admit that the 2002 U.S. Senate race was so long ago that many people involved in New Jersey politics today don’t remember it.  Bob Torricelli was the Democratic U.S. Senator from New Jersey and he was dealing with the aftermath of an admonishment by the Senate Ethics Committee. To help keep the seat in Democratic hands – Democrats had a one-seat majority in the Senate at the
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Steinhardt: Voters are Menendez judge

Hours after a federal judge dismissed an indictment against Sen. Bob Menendez, Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt has stepped up his attacks on the Democratic Senator, who is up for re-election this fall. “Narrowly avoiding a re-trial on federal corruption charges doesn’t mean Senator Menendez is worthy of reelection," Steinhardt said.  "New Jersey deserves better than a career politician who accepted lavish, tropical vacations and private jets courtesy of a
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Internal poll has Menendez up 14

An internal poll conducted by Bob Menendez’s U.S. Senate campaign shows him with a 14-point lead, 47%-33%, over a Republican challenger, according to an internal campaign memorandum. Menendez has a six-point lead among voters aware of his 2017 corruption trial – a lead that expands to 17-points, 51%-34% after voters are made aware of Menendez’s record, according to the poll. The internal poll also has Menendez with a 54%-36% approval