Guy voices support for Rep. Menendez ahead of potential ’24 primary with Bhalla


Craig Guy, the Democratic nominee for Hudson County executive, voiced support for U.S. Rep. Rob Menendez (D-8) this morning over a potential primary with Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla on June 4th, 2024.

Instagram photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“As a freshman Congressman my friend Rob Menendez has worked extremely hard in Congress and has delivered results for his constituents in the 8th District and Hudson County,” Guy posted on Instagram this morning.

“Effective leadership matters folks and we need partners in Congress who deliver. I would like to personally thank Rob for all that he is doing for the 8th District and look forward to continuing to work with him to deliver for our constituents here in Hudson County.”

While he stopped short of a formal endorsement, Guy, who is the chief of staff to outgoing County Executive Tom DeGise and has no Republican challenger in November, coming out in support of the congressman likely signals support coming from the Hudson County Democratic Organization.

Have support of Democratic leaders in Hudson, Union, and Essex Counties ultimately led to Menendez winning big last year despite not having held political office before.

His father, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), was certainly instrumental in making that happen, and while he and his son could’ve won in a rout when they’re both on the ballot next year, the political calculus has become complicated following his federal indictment.

Overall, the indictment charges that Bob and Nadine Menendez accepted corrupt payments for their mortgage, a 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C300, $486,471 in cash, another $79,760 from the safe deposit box, two one-kilogram gold bars, and 11 one-ounce gold bars.

Rob Menendez is not accused of any wrongdoing, but perhaps sensing a trickle down effect, a spokesman for Bhalla said the Mile Square City mayor was “seriously considering running for Congress,” prompting the incumbent to announce his re-election bid, swiping at his potential opponent in the process, as HCV first reported.

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  1. Suspicious. Now we see why the senior Menendez wanted so badly to strongarm Sires into “retiring” so his son could take over, so the son could be used as more leverage. What a guy!