U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) and North Bergen Mayor/state Sen. Nick Sacco (D-32) have reacted to U.S. Sen Robert Menendez’s (D-NJ) federal indictment on corruption charges, with both stressing Menendez’s track record to fight for New Jerseyans.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Sires, a Cuban-American like Menendez who got his start in politics in North Hudson, expectedly voiced his support for the senator.
“Bob Menendez and I have worked together for years to improve the lives of New Jerseyans. When you look at his work, making laws that give working families the support that they need and ensuring that our communities have the resources they need, it’s clear that he will never stop fighting for our state,” Sires said in a statement.
“All Americans, not just Senator Menendez, are entitled to a presumption of innocence. These charges are just an accusation. My good friend, Bob Menendez is not going anywhere. I know that he will get through this and nothing will distract him from doing what he does best, fighting for New Jersey.”
Phil Swibinski, a spokesman for Sacco, took a more measured approach to the issue, though also highlighted that Menendez is “a very effective fighter for New Jersey.”
“Mayor Sacco is saddened by this news and his thoughts are with Senator Menendez and his family. He has always considered Senator Menendez to be a very effective fighter for New Jersey and hopes that he will be able to continue his public service.”