I just sent this letter to the editor to the Courier-Post; knock on wood that it gets published….
“Though the November senate election in New Jersey is still a few months away, voters should now be considering which candidate, State Sen. Kean Jr. or U.S. Senator Menendez, will better represent the diverse New Jersey constituencies, providing a better plan for national security and for protecting our threatened environmental resources. With these two issues in mind, I am certain that Bob Menendez, the first hispanic senator elected in New Jersey, is the far superior choice to the inexperienced Republican. Since being appointed to the senate, Menendez has been particularly sensitive to the plights of average New Jerseyans, including introducing legislation that would provide a gas tax holiday from federal taxes on the rising price of gasoline.
I also feel more secure with Menendez in office in terms of national threats, since he was one of the first senators to decry the shady and unexamined Dubai ports deal, and he has roundly criticized the Bush administration for compromising national security for personal vendetta in the Valerie Plame leak case. For South Jersey, Menendez has been a quick student of our priorities, including his opposition to the militaryâ€™s proposed dumping of the VX nerve agent in the Delaware River and his call for federal funding for replenishing Ocean City beaches.
Meanwhile, as much as I have tried to find a concrete stand taken by Kean Jr., I still at lost to find any. In a gesture of political posturing, he has decried Gov. Corzineâ€™s budget but not offered a single substantial alternative. Further, in reaffirming his close ties to the Bush-Cheney administration, he had V.P. Cheney in Newark for a fundraiser, yet didnâ€™t bother to attend until Cheney had left, as this might have made him seem too conservative, seemingly. The last thing this state needs is a candidate who is unsure of where to take a stand and too close to the anti-New Jersey policies (taxation, etc.) of the Bush administration.”