New Jersey US Senate 2018 - (D) Win

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New Jersey US Senate 2018 - (D) Win

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Post by Addie » Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:36 pm

Associated Press
Menendez to face challenger for Democratic Senate nomination

TRENTON (AP) - A Democratic political pundit and attorney is challenging Sen. Robert Menendez for their party's nomination.

Michael Starr Hopkins has filed paperwork to run in the June primary against the two-term incumbent, who's facing a retrial on federal corruption charges after his first trial ended in a hung jury last fall.

Hopkins says it's important politicians reflect their constituents' values. The Jersey City resident outlined his reasons for seeking the seat in an op-ed piece discussing issues such as health care, education and taxes.

Hopkins has been a public defender in New York and a political commentator on Fox News and other major networks. He's a contributing writer for the Huffington Post and The Hill and worked on Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign last year in Colorado.

Menendez has denied allegations of bribery, fraud and conspiracy.
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Post by Addie » Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:21 pm

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US prosecutors won't retry Menendez on corruption charges

Federal prosecutors decided Wednesday not to retry Sen. Bob Menendez on corruption charges that ended in a hung jury last fall, lifting the legal cloud hanging over the New Jersey Democrat as he gears up for re-election this year to the closely divided Senate.
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Post by NotaPerson » Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:31 pm

While I'm glad for Mr. Menendez, I prefer politicians who have never been tried on corruption charges. I don't think this is too much to ask.

Shirley, they exist. Even in NJ.
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Re: New Jersey US Senate 2018; Primary June 5

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Post by Addie » Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:09 pm

dKos Elections: NJ-Sen (D): The first polls closed tonight over 45 minutes ago, but we still only have a trickle of results. The first interesting numbers come in New Jersey’s Democratic primary for Senate. There, with 15% reporting, Sen. Bob Menendez is up just 57-43 against activist Lisa McCormick, who doesn’t even appear to have filed a single fundraising report with the FEC. That’s quite the protest vote against Menendez, who was tried for corruption last year in a case that ended in a hung jury.
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Re: New Jersey US Senate 2018; Primary June 5

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Post by Addie » Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:13 pm

New York Times
U.S. Senate
Democratic Primary
Candidate Vote Pct.
Robert Menendez* 84,052 59.1%
Lisa McCormick 58,243 40.9

142,295 votes, 36% reporting (2,256 of 6,346 precincts)

* Incumbent
Republican Primary
Candidate Vote Pct.
Bob Hugin 56,911 78.3%
Brian Goldberg 15,811 21.7

72,722 votes, 36% reporting (2,256 of 6,346 precincts)
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Re: New Jersey US Senate 2018; Primary June 5

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Post by Addie » Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:58 am

NorthJersey.com
NJ elections 2018: Democrats downplay uneasy Bob Menendez win after corruption charge ...

Instead of celebrating Menendez' primary victory with 62 percent of the vote, New Jersey Democrats are evaluating -- and downplaying -- the political damage inflicted by second place finisher Lisa McCormick, a little known Union County activist and community newspaper publisher who captured 38 percent of the vote despite having little name recognition, no organization and who apparently raised so little money that her campaign never filed a report with the Federal Election Commission.

Instead reveling in the long-awaited blessing of the rank and file, Menendez was faced with an internal party protest, perhaps a measure of lingering unease about having the survivor of a federal criminal corruption probe sitting at the top of the Democratic ticket this fall. ...

Menendez, who is seeking his third full term, is set to face Republican Bob Hugin, a wealthy, former pharmaceutical executive from Summit.

"About one percent of those of who voted for Lisa McCormick had any ideas of who she was or what she was,'' said Patrick Murray, the Monmouth University pollster. "It was obviously a protest vote against having a nominee who they aren't thrilled with."
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Post by Addie » Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:26 pm

New York Times
In Deeply Blue New Jersey, an Unexpected Battle for Senate ...

In theory, Mr. Menendez, 64, should win easily: Registered Democratic voters outnumber Republicans by nearly 900,000, President Trump remains deeply unpopular, contested congressional races are energizing Democrats and he has the backing of a Democratic machine that still has enough clout to deliver victory.

But despite the advantages, Mr. Menendez has shown signs of weakened support. In the primary, Lisa McCormick, a small-business owner and unknown candidate with virtually no money managed to win nearly 40 percent of the vote. A significant number of voters view Mr. Menendez unfavorably, according to recent polls. Real Clear Politics, a nonpartisan polling aggregate site, downgraded Mr. Menendez’s chances from “likely Democrat” to “leans Democrat.”

His Republican opponent, Bob Hugin, 64, a wealthy former pharmaceutical executive, has already spent $15 million of his own money on the race, largely on negative attack ads. New Jersey residents tuning into the World Cup were constantly reminded of Mr. Menendez’s federal corruption trial. A recently formed separate super PAC called Integrity NJ that focuses on defeating Mr. Menendez has already raised over $2 million.

“Look, this isn’t a race that should be on our radar at all,” said Jennifer E. Duffy, a senior editor at the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. “But why do we pay attention? One, that primary result,’’ referring to Ms. McCormick’s vote count, adding that “you can’t take that lightly. And then you’ve got a Republican who’s going to put in — the number moves around a lot — but anywhere from $25 to $50 million.” ...

So far, national Democratic Party groups have not contributed to Mr. Menendez’s efforts, though that may change. Mr. Menendez said he might get help from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which he once led. The New Jersey Democratic State Committee is raising funds for Mr. Menendez, a move that underscores that the race is becoming more contested than expected.
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Post by Addie » Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:29 am

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Jersey GOP Senate candidate's company slashed price for cancer drug in Russia while raising it here

WASHINGTON -- Celgene Corp. under Bob Hugin, the Republican running for U.S. Senate in New Jersey, raised U.S. prices by 20 percent for its Revlimid cancer drug while cutting them by 45 percent in Russia last year, documents show.

The disparity in drug prices is not unusual, experts said, but the pricing practices could provide another line of attack for U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., who has found fertile ground plowing through Hugin's tenure at Celgene.

Celgene under Hugin spent a record amount of money to help defeat legislation that would have made it easier for generlc companies to get drug samples, and President Donald Trump's Food and Drug Administration singled out the company for refusing to make those samples available to competitors. ...

"It's clear that Bob Hugin is more than happy to rip off American cancer patients to line his own pockets, but when he gets a little pressure from Vladimir Putin, like Donald Trump, he caves," Menendez campaign spokesman Steven Sandberg said. "If he can cut the price in Russia, then he can cut the price here at home. He just won't.''
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Post by Addie » Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:23 pm

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Poll: Menendez leads GOP challenger by 11 points in New Jersey

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez (D) enjoys a comfortable 11-point lead over Republican challenger Bob Hugin in a poll released Wednesday.

In the Quinnipiac University poll of likely midterm voters, Menendez leads 53-42 percent, with just 5 percent of voters remaining undecided.

Each candidate has the support of 93 percent of their own party and six percent of their opponent's party, according to the poll. Hugin leads the Democratic incumbent by single digits among independents, Quinnipiac found, but trails more than 40 percent among nonwhite voters.

Menendez, who fought corruption charges that were dismissed earlier this year, holds a net positive job approval rating, with 46 percent approving and 44 percent disapproving.

But more voters said they had an overall unfavorable opinion, 53 percent, than favorable, 34 percent.

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Post by p0rtia » Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:39 pm

But Joe Scarborough said the race was neck and neck!

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Post by bob » Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:45 pm

p0rtia wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:39 pm
But Joe Scarborough said the race was neck and neck!
As 538 notes, the spread is in single digits, which is troubling since he won in 2012 by 19%. Yet 538 presently gives Menendez an 8 in 9 chance of winning.
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Post by Addie » Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:48 pm

bob wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:45 pm
p0rtia wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:39 pm
But Joe Scarborough said the race was neck and neck!
As 538 notes, the spread is in single digits, which is troubling since he won in 2012 by 19%. Yet 538 presently gives Martinez Menendez an 8 in 9 chance of winning.
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Post by Addie » Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:52 pm

Here's the Q Poll its own self.
Quinnipiac University Poll: October 3, 2018 - Women Give Menendez 11-Point Lead In New Jersey, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Oppose Kavanaugh Confirmation By Wide Margin

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Post by TollandRCR » Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:11 pm

I know that Menendez must be reelected, but if Dems already had a Senate majority, I would like an alternative.
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Post by Orlylicious » Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:03 pm

GOP is trying to get Democrats to waste money in NJ. Isn't happening. Nice try GOP.


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The President has a 35% approval rating to 62% disapproval rating, which makes for a net approval rating of -27 percentage points. This is 8 points lower than Menendez's net favorable rating. Menendez may be disliked, but Trump is even more disliked.
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Post by Addie » Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:00 pm

CBS News: Senate races: GOP up in Texas, Tennessee; Dems up in Arizona, New Jersey — CBS News poll

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Post by Addie » Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:43 pm

New York Times
Democrats in an All-Hands-on-Deck Scramble to Save Menendez in New Jersey

UNION BEACH, N.J. — It was a rare convergence of New Jersey’s governor and its two senators for an official event meant to be about policy, not politics.

But as Gov. Philip D. Murphy announced new programs to help homeowners recover from Hurricane Sandy, there was little doubt why the state’s top Democrats had convened so soon before Election Day.

“I don’t know where we would be without Senator Bob Menendez,” Mr. Murphy said. He was followed by Senator Cory Booker, who offered his own lofty praise: “When I look to the future of this state, we need Bob Menendez.”

Democrats are poised to win a number of governorships across the country and perhaps control of the House on Tuesday, thanks in large part to a suburban backlash to President Trump. But in a state rich with commuters and cul-de-sacs, party leaders are being forced to mount a last-minute, all-hands-on-deck effort to rescue Mr. Menendez’s candidacy and preserve their long-shot dreams of a Senate majority.

In New Jersey, many of the suburbanites who are backing Democratic House candidates from Republican-leaning areas are still uneasy about embracing Mr. Menendez after his 2017 federal corruption trial, which ended in a mistrial. And these voters have been reminded of that case most every day by a monthslong, $30 million ad campaign financed by Bob Hugin, a wealthy former pharmaceutical executive who is Mr. Menendez’s Republican opponent.

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Post by Addie » Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:26 pm

New York Times

Candidate Party Votes Pct.
Robert Menendez* Democrat 3,113 61.3%
Bob Hugin Republican 1,808 35.6
Madelyn Hoffman Independent 48 0.9
Others 107 2.1

5,076 votes, <1% reporting (14 of 6,346 precincts)

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Post by Addie » Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:38 pm

dKos Elections: NJ-Sen: ABC calls the race for Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, whom wealthy Republican Bob Hugin had spent millions to defeat. Because of his legal troubles (the federal government dropped corruption charges against Menendez after a mistrial), the incumbent had looked potentially vulnerable, but he hangs on.

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Re: New Jersey US Senate 2018 - (D) Win

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Post by kate520 » Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:47 pm

I get such a kick out of the MAGAts who cry about Melendez’s criminal troubles. After you voted for Trump?!? :roll:
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