Menendez gives victory speech
By Max Pizarro | November 6th, 2012 - 11:52pm
| More

NEW BRUNSWICK – U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez defeated Republican challenger state Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-13) 58-40% with 99% of precincts reporting.

Menendez won the lopsided contest on a ticket with President Barack Obama, who easily won New Jersey on his way to re-election victory nationally.

The Obama-Menendez top-of-the-ticket romp benefited Democrats in key county contests. Democrats won control of Bergen County, picked up two seats on the Burlington County Freeholder Board, and had a good night locally in Monmouth County.

Menendez starred at the Democrats' Heldrich Hotel party, making his victory speech early, hours prior to the President's declaration of victory in Illinois. 

His son introduced him and with Bruce Springsteen blaring, the senator jogged up onto the stage in front of the American Flag.

“Sen. Kyrillos called me and wished me well,” said Menendez, “and I wish him the same. I look forward to working with him to rebuild (storm-ravaged New Jersey).”

Menendez would likely not say later that he meant to endorse Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election, but he had love in abundance tonight.

“With the leadership of President Obama and Governor Christie’s leadership at home, we will rebuild the Garden State,” said the senator.

Menendez went on after State Party Chairman John Wisniewski (D-19) introduced victorious Democrats, including U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12), U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8), and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6).

U.S. Rep-elect Donald Payne Jr. arrived with his uncle, former Assemblyman Bill Payne.

Payne Jr. is headed to Congress to fill the 10th Congressional seat occupied for over two decades by his father, the late Donald Payne, Sr.

The Back Room

Sources: Why Fox?

With the support of Gov. Chris Christie, Jamie Fox is on the fast track to get back to the Department of Transportation (DOT). The question is why?

Read More >

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 18th

Guv prospects Fulop and Sweeney add voices to Silva, Stack and striking 1199 SEIU workers UNION CITY – They tried out their blue collar tough guy tonsils today in front of a purple-shirted crowd of striking healthcare workers – two of three as-yet-undeclared Democratic candidates for governor: Jersey City...

Op-Ed

Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >

Contributors

(9-17-14) Viral Video Prompts Questionable NJ Municipal Ordinance -  Socrates said, “While I might disagree with what you say, I will defend to the death your right to say... more »
The Correct Foreign Policy – Neither Fortress America Nor Pax Americana      Last week marked the 75th anniversary of the beginning of World War 2.  It started with the... more »
(Asbury Park, NJ) -- There's a word for someone who says one thing and does another: hypocrite.  There's no shortage of 'em in Trenton -- from ... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

“We’re going to hold the line until hell freezes over, and when hell freezes over, we’re going to hold the line on ice skates." - Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-31), at yesterday's SEIU 1199 rally.

- PolitickerNJ

Poll

Who would make the best running mate for Chris Christie if he lands the GOP nomination for president?:

Blogroll

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources