Human Rights Campaign endorses U.S. Rep. Rob Menendez for second term


The Human Rights Campaign, the country’s largest LGBTQ+ advocacy group, is endorsing U.S. Rep. Rob Menendez (D-8) for a second term.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“The American people deserve leaders committed to ensuring that everyone is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve and has what they need in order to thrive,” Human Rights Campaign Director of National Campaigns Reg Calcagno said in a statement.

“Congressman Menendez is one of those leaders. He has, and will continue to be, a champion for a future with full equality for all. We are proud to endorse Congressman Rob Menendez in his re-election bid and look forward to mobilizing New Jersey Equality Voters to turn out for him at the polls.”

Menendez, running with the support of the majority of Democratic leaders in Essex, Hudson, and Union Counties, is defending his seat against Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla and first time candidate Kyle Jasey – the son of former longtime Assemblywoman Mila Jasey.

“Every single person should be empowered to express their full selves and live authentically. I will always be a strong ally and friend for our LGBTQ+ communities. And I am proud to be an original co-sponsor of the Equality Act in the 118th Congress, which would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to extend non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ individuals,” Menendez said in a statement.

“We must come together to support our communities, protect our hard-fought victories, and ensure that no one faces intolerance simply for being who they are. I am honored to be endorsed for re-election by the Human Rights Campaign and look forward to continued collaboration in our struggle to achieve real equality for all.”

The primary election for New Jersey’s congressional races are June 4th.

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  1. This one has to sting. The endorsement hits all the right progressive notes, and the recurring theme is “leadership,” At some level, politicians must inspire, not bully – and the Mayor is ill equipped to make that shift.

      • True, but now that Goldbar Daddy is somewhat out of the picture, Junior is still receiving endorsements and platititudes from his peers, which says something about the work he has done and the relationships he has formed. Frankly, I did not like the way he got that seat, either — but he got it and has filled it admirably. I did not like the way Bhalla became Mayor of Hoboken, either — background deals, Terror Flyer etc. — and he has done a pretty poor job of forming relationships in Hoboken and around Hudson County. What we saw and feared in 2017 has come to pass — he is simply not someone others trust and want to work with.

  2. True, however Goldbar’s influence has been significantly diminished, yet these organizations and individuals, Hakeem Jeffries et al, continue to support “nepo baby.” Maybe, just maybe, they like and respect him – which is apparently more than can be said for Bhallas peers. I was not a fan of the way Menendez got that seat – but apparently he has done a good job in Congress. Bhalla, on the other hand, has been a divisive figure since day one, with few tangible results to show for all his Tweeting.

  3. Who thinks Ravi really supports LGBTQIA lifestyles.
    Heck, maybe if their marriages are pre arranged by the parents he does?