Rep. Menendez is latest member of Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus


U.S. Rep. Rob Menendez (D-8) is the latest addition of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, bringing their membership in the House and Senate up to 76.

U.S. Rep. Rob Menendez (D-8). Screenshot via Instagram Reel.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“I am delighted to welcome Congressman Menendez as the latest Associate Member of CAPAC. With his joining, CAPAC is stronger in its commitment to addressing a broad spectrum of our Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities’ issues and ensuring our voices are heard within Congress,” CAPAC Chair Rep. Judy Chu (CA-28) said in a statement.

” … From addressing xenophobia and closing health and economic disparities to creating a humane immigration system that keeps families together and to increasing language access and data equity, CAPAC remains steadfast in elevating AANHPI visibility and ensuring that the needs and concerns of this community are met. I look forward to working with Congressman Menendez to champion our shared priorities that will help advance and celebrate AANHPI communities, and I am grateful for his support.”

CAPAC was established on May 16th, 1994, and has been chaired by five  Asian American, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander members of Congress to date, according to their website.

“I am honored to join the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. New Jersey’s Eighth Congressional District has a strong, diverse, and growing Asian and Pacific American community which I am proud to represent,” Menendez said in a statement.

“I look forward to working with Chair Chu and the rest of CAPAC to support civic and economic opportunities for our Asian and Pacific American community members, fight anti-Asian hatred, and ensure that we can continue to break barriers for all our residents.”

Menendez is running for re-election in the June 4th primary, with his chief adversary thus far being Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla, who has raised over a million dollars to date.

Bhalla, who is Hoboken’s first Sikh mayor (and also the first in New Jersey), was endorsed by the AAPI Victory Fund last week.

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