Roque backs Menendez for U.S. Senate

WEST NEW YORK – Mayor Felix Roque today endorsed U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), reversing his earlier backing of state Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-13).

“I’m a military man,” said the mayor. “My community wants Menendez, I will do what is in the best interest of my community. I am endorsing the great Sen. Menendez.”

A renegade victor last year in local elections, Roque was subdued in the beige-colored interior of the West New York Democratic Committee headquarters. He said he wasn’t feeling well.

Investigators are in the town, have been for at least a week, maybe longer, say sources.

Earlier this week, Roque told he felt the uptick of a federal investigative presence in West New York derived directly from his earlier stated support of Kyrillos.


The senator’s office offered no comment.

Today, Roque made a brief statement to the mostly Spanish press, then went behind closed doors.

Sources told the feds continue to question political enemies of the mayor’s connected to a disabled political website called Either the mayor, his son, or allies of the mayor’s are alleged to have hacked the website, sparking the investigation, sources say. 

Roque backs Menendez for U.S. Senate