Hudson County Clerk E. Junior Maldonado hosted a meet and greet for U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) at The Factory in Jersey City yesterday ahead of Tuesday’s Democratic primary election.Â
“I want to say that Tuesday’s a very, very important day … Why is this one important? Because we’re electing our guy. We’re electing one of our own,” Maldonado began.
“We’re electing someone who has fought for the Latino community statewide. We are electing in the primary, a guy, a Senator, who has fought for the African American community … Bob Menendez has had our backs all these years and today we have his back.”
Menendez is expected to crush his only Democratic challenger, Lisa McCormick, on Tuesday, with most politicos looking ahead to November where the incumbent is expected to take on multi-millionaire Bob Hugin.
Hugin, a former Celgene executive, is also supposed to cruise to victory on Tuesday, setting up a slugfest with Menendez for the fall.
While a political neophyte, Hugin’s campaign has been, and will continue to be, extremely well-funded: willing to drop $25 to $40 million of his own money into the race if necessary.
In remarks made at the event in Spanish, Menendez said that it’s important Democratic show their strength in numbers on Tuesday in order to send a message to President Donald Trump (R) on a number of issues including protecting DREAMers.
Currently House Republicans are facing pressure to vote on granting citizenship rights to DREAMers (h/t The Washington Times).
A recent Fairley Dickinson University poll said that while Menendez remains the favorite against Hugin (28 percent vs. 24 percent), the presumed challenger is within striking distance with 48 percent of voters still undecided.