Bob Menendez

United States Senator

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Most New Jerseyans don’t think Bob Menendez should resign

The Washington Post – By Mike DeBonis

… A Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Tuesday showed that 58 percent of New Jersey residents believe that Menendez, who has represented the state in Congress for 22 years, should be allowed to stay in office unless he is found guilty.

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LETTER: About Menendez

As a lifelong resident of Hudson County and as someone who understands the challenges families and workers in our state face, I take great issue with Dan Herrera’s recent letter attacking Bob Menendez. No elected official – of either party – has done more for the people of our state and Hudson County than Senator Menendez. No one has stood up and fought for all of us, against great odds, the way Bob has.

When Sandy hit and devastated our neighborhoods, Bob fought for funding and help for us to rebuild— and he’s still fighting to make sure homeowners get their fair share. Without Bob Menendez, there would be no Hudson-Bergen light rail system to connect residents with jobs, the Secaucus Marina would be unusable for our coast guard and first-responders and the Bayonne firehouse would still be just a dream. He’s fought for years to preserve and protect Liberty State Park and Ellis Island and won’t give up until nuisance tourist helicopters are no longer flying over homes and parks around the Hudson River.

Bob Menendez is a person of great integrity, grit and determination who never backs down in the fight for what’s right. And he’s kept his word to represent our interests every single day. That’s the kind of guy New Jersey needs.

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LETTER: Standing behind Bob Menendez

I am a great supporter of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez. He stands for the people of New Jersey and for the United States.

I’ve had the privilege of attending Menendez’s Women’s History Month celebration and can say, with 100 percent certainty, that New Jersey women are better off because Menendez represents us. His care about women’s issues, which stems from his love for his mother, is genuine and unmatched in Washington.

Menendez advocates equal pay for equal work — and, as a working woman, I could not agree with him more. He is also a leader in opposing violence against women worldwide and he has made sure our health care system works for women.

Menendez is a fighter — a fighter for all American women — and I stand behind him in that fight.

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Dershowitz: Trial of Sen. Menendez Likely to End in Acquittal

By Melissa Clyne – Newsmax

This week’s indictment of New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez on corruption charges is “questionable” and will likely result in an acquittal, says Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, who weighed in on the Menendez case during an appearance Friday on “America’s Forum” on Newsmax TV.

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LETTER: Menendez’s accomplishments shouldn’t be overshadowed by corruption allegations

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) has led the efforts against Iran and its nuclear ambitions way before others knew about centrifuges. He has been a stalwart supporter of the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Sen. Menendez has also been a fierce advocate for autism and non-typical learners. Additionally, he has used his leadership to support all people – old and young – with special needs.

Sen. Menendez is an unparalleled champion of the State of Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East. Israel and the United States share values and technology along with unprecedented military cooperation. Few have stood taller and louder to support Israel and its right to exist free of terror than Sen. Menendez.

The facts speak for themselves. The allegations of corruption handed down last week by the Justice Department against Sen. Menendez do not jive with these facts and the person I am blessed to know and proud to call my senator. For now, until the process has been exhausted, I am sticking to the facts.

Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner is vice president of the N.J. Board of Rabbis and senior rabbi at Temple Emanu-El in Closter.

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Opinion: Calls for highest ranking Hispanic U.S. senator to resign are ‘farcical’

I agree with The Jersey Journal editorial that U.S. Sen. Bob Menéndez, D-NJ, need not resign while the accusations against him are clarified through the formal legal system (“Menendez indictment taints his image, but he should not resign;” (Tuesday, 4/07/15).

The people of this great Garden State of ours elected him, not the few elitist editorialists in other newspapers who are ridiculously jumping into a suspicious grandstanding frenzy by farcically calling for the resignation of the current highest-ranking and most senior elected Hispanic in the United States. Incidentally, he was also the first Hispanic elected to the New Jersey Senate, as well as to the U.S. House of Representatives and finally to the U.S. Senate. Ironically, these appear to be the same media outlets who have routinely given the benefit of the doubt to other indicted politicians who are not Hispanic.

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NJ/DC: Menendez backers stand by their man

The Record – By Herb Jackson

…[Stop FEMA Now Leader George] Kasimos said Menendez won a committed following by challenging the way the Christie administration was managing federal grants for Sandy recovery, sponsoring a law last year that repealed many increases in flood insurance rates that Congress ordered in a 2012 law, and pressuring FEMA to reopen flood insurance claims after reports that insurance companies were low-balling payments.

“I’m a Jersey guy,” Kasimos said. “You got my back, I got your back.”

Jay Whalen of Jackson, who is nearly finished rebuilding his vacation house in Little Egg Harbor, said Menendez’s staff intervened when he could not get a flood insurance payment he deserved because an adjuster was insisting on a certificate of occupancy that the law did not require.

“I am a registered Republican, although I vote for the person, not the politics,” Whalen wrote on Facebook. “Senator Menendez has done more for NJ people, especially Sandy victims, than Christie has. His staff are working hard and he is for the people.” …

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Menendez says he’s received no subpoenas, basks in support of N.J. colleagues

NJ.com – Matt Friedman

…Despite Menendez’s reticence, the press conference was a show of political support for the senator by his Democratic colleagues, who took pictures with him and praised him, none more than his Senate colleague, Cory Booker (D-N.J.)

Booker urged his colleagues to applaud loudly for Menendez, and said that the senator was his “go-to guy” when Booker was mayor of Newark.

“I am the Robin to his Batman. The Starsky to his Hutch. On bad days, the Laverne to his Shirley,” Booker said.

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9th Dist.) made no mention of superheroes or 70s sitcoms in his praise of Menendez.

“All of us should be thanking Robert Menendez, our senator,” he said.

And Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop praised Menendez for helping get the light rail started in Jersey City as a member of the U.S. House.

“If you go back to the mid-90s, we are grateful to the advocacy of Senator Menendez for making that a reality,” Fulop said…

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South Jersey Democrats praise Sen. Robert Menendez during Camden visit, announce $200K for contamination cleanup

South Jersey Times – By Jason Laday

….As I’ve already said regarding the allegations, I have always acted legally in what I’ve done in my public life,” he said, later adding, “We’ll wait and see.”

The senator’s fellow Democrats at the press conference, including Redd, Norcross and Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, all showed strong support for Menendez, praising him for his work in South Jersey.

Said Norcross: “He has always been there for South Jersey, and he has always been there for Camden.”…

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Amid Inquiry, Menendez Finds Well of Support Among Jewish Leaders

New York Times – Alexander Burns

…This year, Mr. Menendez startled Washington by harshly mocking the Obama administration’s defense of its tactics toward Iran: The White House message, he said in January, “sounds like talking points that come straight out of Tehran

….Norm Coleman, a former senator from Minnesota who sits on the board of the Republican Jewish Coalition, said Mr. Menendez could count on “broad, widespread, deep support, across the political aisle, from people who care about Israel.”…

…“Josh Gottheimer, a Microsoft executive, told Mr. Menendez that he could count on the Jewish community to stick with him. No matter what, no matter when, no matter how, we will always have your back,” Mr. Gottheimer said. “Because you’ve always had ours.”…

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