With news that state Sen. Joe Kyrillos has joined the race for U.S. Senate, Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez today issued his first salvo in what promises to be a hard fought campaign.
“New Jersey’s voters will have a very clear choice if Senator Kyrillos becomes the Republican nominee- Senator Bob Menendez who fights every day for middle class New Jersey families or long-time Trenton insider Joe Kyrillos- who sides with corporations and special interests over working families and seniors and panders to the most extreme elements of the Washington Republicans,” Menendez campaign strategist Brad Lawrence said in an emailed statement today.
Menendez is seeking his second full term in office, while Kyrillos, first elected to the state Assembly in 1988 and the Senate in 1992, is making his second run at federal office. He challenged U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone in 1992, losing the race by just under 8 points.
To date, former Highlands Borough Mayor Anna Little is the only other candidate in the race. Though Little has not made a formal announcement of her intent she has a website devoted to her run and told PolitickerNJ in December she was planning to open a federal campaign account. No record of her campaign account exists with the Federal Election Commission. Menendez faces a primary challenge against Gwen Diakos, a Monmouth County defense contractor.