Rather than admitting that the Affordable Care Act (known as Obamacare) as been an abysmal failure as so many elected officials, employers and health insurance subscribers across the county have Governor Murphy continues to double double down. He announced in March that New Jersey will move to a state-based healthcare exchange beginning in 2021. Murphy claims the move is to protect New Jerseyans from the “sabotage” of Obamacare by President Trump and Republicans in Congress. What Murphy is really doing is putting politics before the health and lives of New Jerseyans and further ensuring that healthcare is unaffordable.
Remember the job market that was booming? The job market that has reflected more available jobs then available talent for the first time in recorded U.S. history? The 3.7% unemployment rate? The U.S. economy that’s about to set a record for the longest expansion? The record breaking stock market? The U.S. once again becoming a leader on the world stage? The safety and security of our nation being a priority? President’s Trump’s America first strategy? Remember when our President was working with Congress to make the lives of the American people better? #MeToo. Like it was yesterday.
Bob Menendez is a lifelong politician. In 1974 at the age of 20 Menendez was elected to his local School Board in Union City. Twelve years later in 1986 he became Mayor of Union City. In 1988, while still Mayor of Union City, he was elected to New Jersey’s General Assembly. In 1991 he was elected to the New Jersey State Senate. In 1992 he was elected to the United States Congress. In 2006 he was appointed to the United States Senate after the seat was vacated when Jon Corzine became New Jersey’s Governor. After 44-years in office hasn’t Menendez been given enough time to prove himself? It seems what most New Jersians will remember Menendez for his is 2015 indictment on federal corruption charges, allegations that he had contact with underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic and his reprimand by the bipartisan Senate Ethics Committee saying he “broke the law” and that his actions “reflected discredit upon the Senate”.
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.