Menendez Victorious After Contentious Race Against Hugin

Nov 7, 2018

Menendez celebrates being elected to third term at his election night headquarters in Hoboken NJ alongside Phil Murphy.
Credit Associated Press

Democrat Bob Menendez of New Jersey is heading back to the Senate for his third term.

The two-term incumbent faced tough competition from his Republican challenger.

Former drug company CEO Bob Hugin ran against Menendez self-funding his campaign and blanketing the airwaves with T-V ads about Menendez’s corruption trial.

The federal case ended in a mistrial last fall when a jury couldn’t reach a verdict. In his victory speech last night Menendez pledged to win back the support of residents.

“For those who did not vote for me or who were disappointed in me, I pledge to spend every day fighting for you and your families and to earn back your respect.”

The race was closer than many political experts expected  since New Jersey is a largely Democratic state. Menendez won by about 10 points at last count.