New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez set for tough re-election fight
By: Sarah Brunner, Xiro Xone News July 25, 2018 Updated: 1:28 PM PT
Come November 2018, New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez (D) is in for the fight of his political career since his trial on federal corruption charges for accepting gifts from a friend in return for alleged favors, ended in a hung jury and a mistrial on November 16, 2017.
The trial took a toll on Menendez’s popularity that has waned since he assumed office, in 2006. In spite of the fact that New Jersey is sitting on seashore of blue, Menendez will have to work for every vote if he plans to be re-elected.
For some voters, he will have to regain their trust. For others, he can do no wrong. Menendez is one of four He is currently working on a bipartisan bill that would impose sanctions on “Russian sovereign debt and demand Senate approval for US quitting NATO.”
Menendez is favored in the race against GOP opponent Bob Hugin, a former CEO of pharmaceutical company Celgene Corp. Hugin won the republican primary by receiving, 75% of the vote, to Brian Goldberg's 24%.
Formerly the CEO of Celgene, Hugin will have help from Integrity NJ, a super PAC. According to the Federal Election Commission, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) raised $2 million for the PAC. Hugin intends to spend more than $15 million, to turn the blue senate seat red. $7.5 million will be his own money.
Hugin is not a Kemp, Dole or Romney republican; he is a proud Trump Republican. He donated millions to elect Trump and other right-wing conservative politicians and was “Donald Trump’s 2016 N.J. finance chair and delegate to the RNC Republican National Committee.”
As for Menendez, he is currently behind in campaign donations but expects them to start coming in closer to the election.