U.S. Senator Robert Menendez spent time in Essex and Passaic Counties today campaigning alongside U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-8th) for local Democrats. Pascrell is up for re-election this November and is facing a challenge from Republican Roland Straten. The two spent time in Nutley and Little Falls, where they ended the evening at a rally for the Passaic County Democratic Organization. Menendez is not up for re-election until 2012.