Congressman Sires on Rob Menendez, Jr.: ‘I just think there isn’t a better candidate out there’


U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) thinks Rob Menendez, Jr., a Port Authority commissioner and the son of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), would be a terrific fit in the House: “I just think there isn’t a better candidate out there.”

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“I can’t think of a better candidate than Rob. He is smart, he is likable. He is the son of the senator which will help the district a great deal: I just think there isn’t a better candidate out there,” Sires said over the phone.

While Menendez, Jr. isn’t even a declared candidate yet, with news of Sires’ retirement still fresh, he also already has the backing of state Senator (D-33)/Union City Mayor Brian Stack.

The incumbent also took a shot at the progressive wing of the Democratic party, who supported Hector Oseguera in 2020.

“There are a lot of wannabes that want to cut the police budget, the defense budget, and get rid of ICE but that’s not a winning message in Hudson County.”

Oseguera said there’s no way the progressives sit this race out, though said he’s unsure who will be the candidate.

“I do believe he might have stayed longer if the results of our race were different. The results of the primary made it clear that voters have an appetite for something different.”

In June 2020, Oseguera secured 18,557 votes, good for 27.3 percent, while Sires notched 47,814 votes or 70.3 percent.

Menendez, Jr. did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Warning: A non-numeric value encountered in /home/hcvcp/public_html/wp-content/themes/Hudson County View/includes/wp_booster/td_block.php on line 353


  1. “He’s the son of a senator…”. OMFG!

    Newsflash Albio, that’s not how government is supposed to work.

    Progressives better run a candidate who’s actually qualified. We deserve better than a “legacy”.

  2. Many of us progressives hope Councilwoman Fisher was right and Mayor Bhalla runs. He’s a true proven progressive with a real track record of ethics and accomplishment. Certainly a better candidate than a kid whose only noteworthy accomplishment is having been sired by a vindictive, ethically challenged Senator who is feared by many and loved by few.