NJ Politics Digest: Hugin Says He Would Have Supported Kavanaugh in Vote

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

He waited almost until the very last minute, but Republican Senate candidate Bob Hugin on Friday finally revealed how he’d have voted on the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

In a tweet, Hugin said that based on everything he knows, he’d support Kavanaugh. He also said he believed the FBI report on claims Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a girl at a party when he was in high school should be released to the public.

Hugin had spent the last week refusing to answer how he stood on Kavanaugh. Now, his position marks another clear choice for voters in the tight Senate race against Democratic incumbent Robert Menendez. Menendez has criticized the FBI probe as being inadequate and voted against Kavanaugh’s nomination.

A recent Fairleigh Dickinson University poll found that nearly half of the adults in the state opposed Kavanugh’s appointment to the top court, with that number rising to 53 percent among likely voters. Only 38 percent of likely state voters supported his ascending to the bench.

Several polls have put Menendez and Hugin in a statistical dead heat for the Senate seat once thought an easy win for the veteran Democrat. But Hugin has spent months running television commercials hammering Menendez for ethics problems, and those ads are having an impact on the race.

Quote of the Day: “They’re going to put their shoulder to the wheel and work very hard to make sure that Bob Menendez wins the race, but they have some urgency now. That’s a long way from panic.” — Democratic consultant Glenn Totten, on the unexpectedly tight raise between Democratic incumbent Sen. Robert Menenedez and Republican Bob Hugin.

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NJ Politics Digest: Hugin Says He Would Have Supported Kavanaugh in Vote