After endorsing Lamont, Menendez tells Jewish group he’s for Lieberman

Either U.S. Senator Robert Menendez is reconsidering his endorsement in the close race for a United States Senate seat in Connecticut, or he’s guilty of pandering for votes in North Jersey’s Jewish community. One day after incumbent Joseph Lieberman lost the Democratic primary to Ned Lamont, Menendez issued a written statement saying that “Joe Lieberman is a good friend and an excellent Senator who has served his country with dignity. He ran a hard-fought campaign, but the voters of Connecticut have spoken and I support their decision. I fully support Ned Lamont’s candidacy.” But at a forum for New Jersey’s U.S. Senate candidates sponsored by the Metro West Jewish Federaton last night, the New York Times reports that Menendez said that he supports Lieberman’s Independent re-election bid. “I wish him well and hope he returns,” Menendez told the group before warning people that his opponent, Republican Thomas Kean, Jr., would try to say that he supports Lamont. Speaking after Menendez, Kean was asked about the Connecticut race and was quick to endorse Lieberman. From the New York Times: “I think he is the right individual and I look forward to serving with him. My opponent, by the way, supports Ned Lamont.”

After endorsing Lamont, Menendez tells Jewish group he’s for Lieberman