Hoboken 4th Ward Councilman Ramos supporting Rep. Menendez for re-election


Hoboken 4th Ward Councilman Ruben Ramos is supporting U.S. Rep. Rob Menendez (D-8) for re-election in a move that could have implications in the Mile Square City’s mayoral race next year.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“In just over a year in Congress, Rob has brought home federal funding to hire more Hoboken firefighters, a grant for our library to celebrate our diverse cultures, funds to expand our urban tree canopy and develop a green workforce, much-needed investments in our water infrastructure, and funding for Stevens so we are better prepared from extreme coastal events,” Ramos said in a statement.

“He has advocated for Rebuild by Design, supported our safe streets initiatives, and helped with the U.S. Army Corps so we could acquire Union Dry Dock. Most importantly, he has also been a relentless advocate for his constituents, helping resolve over 1,400 cases and providing high-quality services to Hoboken residents. Rob has taken on the big fights both here and in Washington and he has earned our support for his re-election.”

Ramos, a former state assemblyman and councilman-at-large, is on the shortlist of mayoral contenders for 2025, along with 2nd Ward Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher, 3rd Ward Councilman Mike Russo, and Councilwoman-at-Large Emily Jabbour.

Mayor Ravi Bhalla is challenging Menendez off the line in the June 4th primary, though a judge could rule to abolish county organizational lines as soon as today.

The situation is unprecedented though, with First Lady Tammy Murphy dropping out of the U.S. Senate race yesterday, U.S. Rep. Andy Kim (D-3) may have a difficult time proving irrevocable harm in the case in her absence.

For the time being, Kim is expected to run on the Democratic county lines that Murphy abandoned, which includes Hudson County, at least temporarily creating an unlikely scenario where Kim runs on the same line as Menendez.

The South Jersey congressman announced his bid for Senate within 24 hours of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Rob’s father, getting indicted on federal corruption charges.

Bhalla has not said whether or not he would consider running for mayor next year in the event that the primary doesn’t go his way.

“I’ve known Ruben for a long time, and he has always worked to serve the people of his hometown of Hoboken,” Rep. Menendez added.

“I am grateful for his support and look forward to continuing to be a partner and champion for Hoboken in Washington.”

Today is the filing deadline and newcomer Kyle Jasey has also previously declared his candidacy for the Democratic primary.

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