Bob Menendez, Jr. and Michelle Richardson will give Hudson County two seats on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Board of Commissioners, the first time they have been represented on the bi-state governing body in roughly three decades.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The New Jersey Globe first reported their expected appointments about an hour ago, which HCV has since independently verified.
Menendez, Jr., 35, is an attorney at Lowenstein Sandler who lives in Jersey City. He had been a long rumored mayoral challenger to Steven Fulop through the final quarter of last year, though the incumbent still has no declared opponents as of this writing.
Back in August of 2019, only HCV reported that Menendez, the son of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), was “in the mix” for a Port Authority commissioner seat.
Richardson, 65, is the executive director of Hudson County Economic Development Corporation and is married to Joseph Charles – a retired superior court judge, assemblyman, and state senator.
She was also the preferred choice of state Senator Sandra Cunningham (D-31).
The 11-member board has been in flux since Gov. Phil Murphy (D) took office in 2018, with Bergen, Hudson, and Essex Counties unable to reach consensus on any new appointees.
Typically, the board has had six commissioners from New York and five from New Jersey.
This afternoon, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop applauded Hudson County having some representation on the PANYNJ.
“It’s great to have Hudson County finally represented on the Port Authority and I congratulate Michelle Richardson and Bob Menendez Jr. on their nomination,” he said in a statement.
“In Jersey City, we have some big challenges with mass transit and some big projects that we have been working with the Port Authority on, in particular around the proposed PATH Station on West Side. I’m looking forward to meeting with both Bob and Michelle in the near future and working closely with them to move Hudson County forward.”
Editor’s note: This story was updated with a comment from Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop.