By Minhaj Hassan | November 6th, 2012 - 11:32pm
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Sen. Joe Kyrillos' quest to the U.S. Senate ended today, as he was handily defeated by Democratic incumbent Bob Menendez, according to unofficial results. About 150 people remained at the Nanina's in the Park banquet hall.

He thanked the 8,000 donors and 400 volunteers who helped get the vote out. He acknowledged that the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy hampered his campaign.

"We had the storm of the century and that made things a little harder," he said. Even though he was an undersdog, he raised a respectable $5 million. But he was still significantly outspent.

He said the media "didn't pay nearly as much attention...perhaps they didn't understand what our campaign was about."

He said the campaign was more abut the future trajectory of the country than about himself. "So tonight, we end this great effort. It's been a great privilege to be the nominee of my party." He said the federal government could learn from New Jersey's record of bipartisanship. He called on U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, for whom he left a message of congratulations, to help "rebuild New Jersey."

"It's time for Washington to come together. He also thanked his good friend, Gov. Chris Christie. "I want to thank him for being with us since the very beginning."

Kyrillos kicked off his campaign this past summer, using such slogans as "we can do better," in reference to Menendez. In his speech announcing his candidacy, Kyrillos described Menendez as "a mediocre senator," who is no "lion in the Senate," the nickname for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Massachusetts).

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"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

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