In a dem senator’s plan to install his son in Congress

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Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is attempting to turn his New Jersey lawn into a family garden while attempting to plant his son in the House of Representatives seat he once held himself.

Despite a purportedly global jurisdiction, sources tell The Daily Beast that the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee remains intensely focused on the 62 square miles of his home country of Hudson County. And with his old ally Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ) stepping down this year from the congressional district that includes the county’s major population centers — the district the senator himself represented between 1993 and 2006 — Menendez appears to have decided that his Son and namesake must be replaced him.

And the Democratic Party appears to have done its bidding: Nationally, Robert Menendez Jr. has garnered the support of the Political Action Committee of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, of which his father is a member. In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy endorsed the 36-year-old for the seat before even officially launching his campaign. But perhaps most importantly, Menendez Jr. has the support of the local Hudson County Democratic Organization, which has already thrown two of his top opponents out of the June 7 primary and is mobilizing its elective army of municipal employees — many of them first and immigrants second generation from countries with weak employment protection for civil servants.

Read more at The Daily Beast. In a dem senator’s plan to install his son in Congress


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