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January 14, 2006 | By Cynthia Burton INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews, a Camden County Democrat, remains an ambitious man even though he pulled out of the U.S. Senate primary yesterday. With the Democratic Party rallying around Senate designee Robert Menendez, it became increasingly difficult for Andrews to build the substantial support needed to win a primary. Menendez also has a fund-raising advantage, with $4 million to Andrews' $2 million - and with many millions more to come, since he will run as an incumbent. Menendez, a U.S. representative from Hudson County, is scheduled to be sworn in as Gov.-elect Jon S. Corzine's Senate replacement Wednesday.
NEWS
October 15, 2006
The Case for Menendez U.S. senator Democrat, age 52 Hoboken New Jersey voters are being subjected to another election tainted with nasty debates and negative ads. It's a shame; these candidates are better than that. Both have the knowledge and passion to guide the nation on the important issues being lost in the melee. Bob Menendez has the superior experience, intellect and grasp of issues to serve New Jersey as U.S. senator. In the short time since his appointment to the Senate in January, he's capitalized on leadership skills gained in a 14-year congressional career to pass meaningful legislation, despite being in the minority party.
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January 25, 2006 | By Cynthia Burton INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In dropping out of New Jersey's Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate yesterday, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone called for the party to unify behind U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez. That kind of support eluded Pallone in his yearlong look at running for the office himself. Pallone made his announcement after a Statehouse news conference on Medicare drug benefits with Menendez, Gov. Corzine, and U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg. He promised to work on Menendez's behalf "to ensure the voices of hardworking New Jerseyans are heard in Washington.
NEWS
June 2, 2006 | By Cynthia Burton INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Weed-whacking convicts and protesters drowned out Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thomas H. Kean Jr. in Jersey City yesterday while in Union City, Democratic U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez stood before a campaign rally crowd of 1,600 to declare his candidacy. So much for Tuesday's New Jersey primary, which will officially select the parties' standard-bearers. Anticipating their nominations, Kean and Menendez yesterday framed the general election: Kean called Menendez "unethical," and Menendez said Kean yearned to march in lockstep with the Bush administration.
NEWS
November 7, 2012
(xx% of the vote) *Robert Menendez (D). . . xx,xxx Joe Kyrillos (R). . . xx,xxx Daryl Brooks (I). . . xx,xxx Gwen Diakos (I). . . xx,xxx David Dranikoff (I). . . xx,xxx Kenneth Kaplan (I). . . xx,xxx Eugene Lavergne (I). . . xx,xxx Gregory Pason (I). . . xx,xxx Inder Soni (I). . . xx,xxx Robert Turkavage (I). . . xx,xxx Ken Wolski (I). . . xx,xxx *Incumbent D-Democratic; I-Independent; R-Republican
NEWS
June 4, 2006
With dueling charges of unethical behavior and toeing the president's line, Republican State Sen. Thomas H. Kean Jr. and Democratic U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez are in full campaign battle mode for the Senate seat vacated in January by Gov. Corzine. They're hurling insults, claiming issue "flip-flops," and posting negative ads on the Web. On Thursday, weed-whacking convicts on a work detail and rowdy protesters were accused of purposely drowning out a Kean campaign speech. It's gearing up to be an ugly race.
NEWS
October 7, 2012
New Jersey voters have something to celebrate with this year's U.S. Senate election. For the first time in a long time, they have two credible candidates from which to choose. State Sen. Joseph Kyrillos, 52, of Middletown, is the most substantial Republican candidate in recent years. His 24 years in the Statehouse established his reputation as a moderate who could work with the other team. In the Legislature, he was a leader for education accountability, college savings accounts, open space, and shorefront preservation.
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November 16, 2006 | By Chris Mondics INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Fresh from a decisive election victory in which voter disaffection over Iraq played a pivotal role, Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) has returned to Washington, where he has already begun to pressure the Bush administration for troop withdrawals. Menendez, who was named to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he planned to make the war his top issue and would use his role on the committee to highlight what he believes is the administration's failed approach. He said he expected the committee, which Democrats will control when the new Congress takes office in January, to grill Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, national security adviser Stephen J. Hadley, and other senior administration officials at public hearings.
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January 19, 2006 | By Chris Mondics INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
With a family Bible in his hand, Robert Menendez achieved a lifelong dream yesterday, taking the oath as New Jersey's first Hispanic U.S. senator. He set about quickly to outline his policy agenda for the coming months, telling reporters he would push for increased training of Iraqi forces to relieve U.S. troops and for increases in Iraqi oil production. He also said he was undecided on the nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court. Senate President Pro Tempore Ted Stevens (R., Alaska)
NEWS
November 3, 2006 | By Leonard N. Fleming INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez is a passionate orator - comfortable before a crowd, cajoling the masses with his intellect and knowledge rather than backslapping and bear-hugging. N.J. State Sen. Thomas H. Kean Jr. relishes personal encounters with homegrown charm, a waiting ear and a perpetual smile but isn't as deft with speeches or fielding questions at a lectern. As they head into the final days of a costly slugfest for one of New Jersey's U.S. Senate seats, Menendez, 52, who was appointed senator in January, and Kean, 38, his Republican challenger, campaign with a style that reflects their personalities and upbringing.
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February 1, 2013 | By Jonathan Tamari, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON - At one of New Jersey's premier political events here Thursday night, Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) sat on a dais in front of a ballroom filled with lobbyists, public officials, and business leaders. He even received praise at the state Chamber of Commerce dinner from Gov. Christie, whose keynote speech thanked Menendez "for his leadership" on the recently approved Sandy relief package, along with other lawmakers. For Menendez, it might have been a chance to shine in the spotlight of a rising profile, including a key role in immigration reform and chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which Democrats gave him Tuesday.
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January 28, 2013 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez took a seat at the head of the dais and looked down toward John Kerry, a towering figure in American politics. "Yours is a big chair to fill," Menendez said. He meant it as praise, but Menendez's words Thursday also foreshadow the challenge and opportunity awaiting the fast-rising Democrat as he prepares to assume a larger role in Washington and, perhaps, on the world stage. Menendez is expected to become chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee after Kerry (D., Mass.)
NEWS
November 7, 2012
(xx% of the vote) *Robert Menendez (D). . . xx,xxx Joe Kyrillos (R). . . xx,xxx Daryl Brooks (I). . . xx,xxx Gwen Diakos (I). . . xx,xxx David Dranikoff (I). . . xx,xxx Kenneth Kaplan (I). . . xx,xxx Eugene Lavergne (I). . . xx,xxx Gregory Pason (I). . . xx,xxx Inder Soni (I). . . xx,xxx Robert Turkavage (I). . . xx,xxx Ken Wolski (I). . . xx,xxx *Incumbent D-Democratic; I-Independent; R-Republican
NEWS
October 7, 2012
New Jersey voters have something to celebrate with this year's U.S. Senate election. For the first time in a long time, they have two credible candidates from which to choose. State Sen. Joseph Kyrillos, 52, of Middletown, is the most substantial Republican candidate in recent years. His 24 years in the Statehouse established his reputation as a moderate who could work with the other team. In the Legislature, he was a leader for education accountability, college savings accounts, open space, and shorefront preservation.
NEWS
July 23, 2012 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Money may not buy happiness, but in the realm of electoral politics, cash is king. A brimming campaign war chest can buy mass media, increase name recognition, and widen a candidate's network of organizational support. More importantly, a big lead in fund-raising can imbue a candidate with an air of invincibility. Consider, for example, the Democrats seeking reelection to the Senate from Pennsylvania and New Jersey. With more than $10.3 million in cash on hand, compared with barely $2 million for Republican challenger Joseph M. Kyrillos Jr., Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey holds a commanding lead in available dollars.
NEWS
January 14, 2012 | By Joelle Farrell, Inquirer Staff Writer
A week after he was criticized as blocking her appointment for political payback, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) reversed himself Friday and said he would support the nomination of a Newark judge to the federal appeals court in Philadelphia. Menendez said he had a change of heart after he spoke with Judge Patty Shwartz earlier in the day. He previously indicated he had been unimpressed with Shwartz during an interview and thought she was unqualified for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
NEWS
January 13, 2012 | By Joelle Farrell, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A week after he was criticized as blocking her appointment for political payback, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) reversed himself Friday and said he would support the nomination of a Newark judge to the federal appeals court in Philadelphia. Menendez said he had a change of heart after he spoke with Judge Patty Shwartz earlier in the day. He previously indicated he had been unimpressed with Shwartz during an interview and thought she was unqualified for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
NEWS
August 2, 2011 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Like many last-minute Washington compromises, the bipartisan deal to raise the federal government's borrowing authority, awaiting final approval Tuesday in the Senate, has been taking rhetorical fire from the left and the right. Three of the four senators from Pennsylvania and New Jersey said Monday that they could not support the accord. Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.), who has emerged as a leader of the GOP deficit hard-liners in the Senate, said he would vote no because he was not convinced the promised spending cuts would actually be realized.
NEWS
February 15, 2010
Any member of Congress can fire off a sternly worded letter to a federal agency. But it takes a special kind of lawmaker to keep finding the line where this routine practice becomes an ethical eyesore. Enter Sen. Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat who doesn't bother with the circumspection of his more decorous colleagues - cautiously urging agencies to "expedite" this and "bring closure" to that. No, when it comes to unhappy constituents with political connections, Menendez tells the bureaucrats exactly what to do and when to do it. The latest episode we now know of was last summer, when First BankAmericano, a community bank based in the North Jersey city of Elizabeth, found itself perched (along with many other poorly managed banks)
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