New Jersey may be on the verge of electing a Republican Senator for the first time since 1972. Many polls show Hugin and Menendez in a statistical dead heat in a state that has been reliably blue. A large number of New Jersey voters question Menendez’s honesty. You’ll recall that Menendez was indicted three years ago on charges of bribery, fraud, and lying to federal prosecutors about his involvement in an illegal immigration fraud . While a jury deadlocked and a Judge declared a mistrial the Senate Ethics Committee formally reprimanded Menendez saying he broke federal law “You failed to publicly disclose certain gifts as required by Senate Rule and federal law”. The letter from the Senate Ethics Committee continued “Additionally, while accepting these gifts you used your position as a member of the Senate to advance Dr. Melgen’s personal and business interests. The charges plus the reprimanding by the Senate Ethics Committee have left 54% of New Jersey voters rating Menendez unfavorably.
In an interview with the Washington Examiner Hugin said “It’s summed up pretty nicely in the Senate Ethics Committee letter about him being guilty of violating federal law, abusing the power of his office, and disgracing the Senate.”
New Jersey’s distrust in Menendez is benefitting Hugin. A recent polling memo by National Research Inc. shows Hugin at 40% and Menendez at 42%. Those numbers reflect polling of a telephone survey of 600 likely voters, 31% Republicans, 45% Democrats and 24% unaffiliated.
A recent Stockton University poll shows Hugin at 43% and Menendez at 45%. The William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University reports the results fall within the poll’s margin of error. The Stockton University poll also demonstrates that a growing number of Democrats are publicly endorsing Hugin.
After the release of the Stockton University poll Hugin was quoted as saying “Today’s poll is no surprise. Since launching my campaign, I’ve made over 400 campaign stops and met thousands of voters throughout the state. Whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, or Independent, voters want a senator who will put New Jersey first and represent them with honor and integrity. That’s why a growing number of Democrats are publicly endorsing my campaign.”
These polls demonstrate that as election day grows closer the numbers continue to grow in favor of Hugin. Less then three weeks ago an October 3rd Fairleigh Dickinson University poll showed Hugin at 32% and Menendez at 37%. Fairleigh Dickinson University said in releasing the results if it’s polling data that Menendez was locked in “a fight incumbents are unaccustomed to experiencing”.
An August 22nd Quinnipiac University poll showed Hugin at 37% to Menendez’s 43%. A prior March 13th poll showed Hugin at 32% to Menendez’s 49% again showing the race growing closer.
The numbers continue to reflect that with just over two weeks until election day each poll has brought the race closer to a statistical dead heat.
Hugin’s challenge seems to be name recognition. In a March 13th Quinnipiac University poll 83% said they didn’t know enough to form an opinion of Hugin. Hugin has worked to increase his name recognition making hundreds of campaign stops around the state and TV ads. The New Jersey Republican State Committee released the web site http://www.badbobmenendez.com which includes a “Corruption Timeline”.
But who is Bob Hugin? According to his web site Hugin grew up in blue collar and diverse Union City. He spent the last 19 years as a leader in healthcare and vocal advocate for modernizing the American healthcare system, serving as Chairman and CEO of the Celgene Corporation and as a Trustee of the Atlantic Health System for the last decade. When Bob joined Celgene in 1999, the company had approximately 200 employees and less than six weeks of cash. Under Bob’s leadership and through the work of its employees, that company was transformed into one of New Jersey’s largest private sector employers – an innovative biotech company that is now known around the world for leading the fight against cancer and chronic disease. Forbes honored Celgene as #5 on a list of “America’s Best Midsize Employers” and #14 on a list of the “World’s Best Employers” in 2017. You can read more about Hugin on his web site https://bobhugin.com/about/.
More importantly where does Hugin stand on issues such as tax relief, education, the environment, jobs, the economy and protecting our homeland? You can read more about where Hugin stands on the issues on his web site https://bobhugin.com/issues/.
Once you’ve learned about Hugin the man and his positions on the issues I hope that you’ll watch the debate between Hugin and Menendez. On October 24 at 7:00 pm C-Span will broadcast a debate between Hugin and Menendez. Expected discussions will include a public policy debate on how they intend to frame federal changes that may impact New Jersey’s economic stability.