Defeated by U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) in 2012, state Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) this evening questioned Menendez’s fitness for office in the aftermath of a federal indictment.
“This is another sad chapter for New Jersey and America,” said Kyrillos. And, after reading the indictment, it’s very interesting to see how money found its way into New Jersey for the 2012 campaign. Senator Menendez needs to think long and hard about whether he can be an effective Senator while simultaneously fighting serious federal charges.”
Menendez beat Kyrillos 59-39% in their head-to-head contest.
The Democrat is digging in and refusing to resign. In the event that he leaves office early, Kyrillos is on a short list of Republicans whom Gov. Chris Christie could tap as a replacement.
Others include Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, (R-21), Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, former Senator Jeff Chiesa, former Assemblyman Richard Bagger, state Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr., and state Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40).