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Senator Menendez’s Closing Pitch

(Featured Photo, above: Reva Foster, Director of Senior Services in Willingboro, introduces Senator Robert Menendez to local senior citizens) As his campaign for re-election winds down, Senator Robert Menendez is crisscrossing the state giving his final stump speeches of this…
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An Attractive Candidate – By GOP Standards

With 24 GOP U.S. Senate seats up for grabs in 2016, vs. only 10 Democratic seats, the Republicans will be scrapping for every one, hoping to retain their majority. If Senator Menendez is forced to leave prematurely, they will be no less dedicated to that 25th seat, whether it is in a special election or during the normal 2016 cycle.

There’s another important factor in play here: whom Governor Christie appoints as an interim Senator until an election is held. He could appoint a placeholder, as he did when he rewarded loyalist Jeff Chiesa after the death of Senator Lautenberg, or he could appoint a person who would stand for election for the remainder of Menendez’s term.

What are the characteristics of the man or woman the GOP would like to see fill that seat?

Norcross and Sires – again, these two – vote with Republicans on KeystoneXL

Here’s the list of Democrats who voted with the Republicans today to approve the $5.4 Billion Keystone XL pipeline. Two of the 29 are from New Jersey; Donald Norcross (NJ-1) and Albio Sires (NJ-8). House vote was 270-152, on a bill identical to one passed by the Senate in late January.

If you want to say anything to them about it, you can use Twitter. Tweet to:

@DonNorcross4NJ.

@RepSires.

Neither has posted on this vote; both know it wouldn’t be their best play (Norcross’ Twitter account is inactive since Jan. 21).

Oddly enough, the tweets at the top of both congressmen’s accounts are about jobs; Sires here (from today) and Norcross here (pinned form Oct. 22, 2014).

President Obama will have 10 days to issue a veto, which he’s very likely to do. Speaker John Boehner says the president is “standing with a bunch of left-fringe extremists and anarchists. (Watch). Norcross and Sires are standing with Boehner and the Republicans.  

Menendez Slams Obama Over Possible Diplomatic Normalization With Cuba

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It looks like there is a push to end the 50 year embargo against the island nation of Cuba and to normalize diplomatic relations, and that President Barack Obama and Cuba’s Raul Castro are on board.

Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is of Cuban ancestry and has long opposed such a move, and he vehemently opposes the decision to start talks with Cuba.

“Let’s be clear, this was not a ‘humanitarian’ act by the Castro regime. It was a swap of convicted spies for an innocent American,” Menendez said in a statement. “President Obama’s actions have vindicated the brutal behavior of the Cuban government.”

He added: “Trading Mr. Gross for three convicted criminals sets an extremely dangerous precedent. It invites dictatorial and rogue regimes to use Americans serving overseas as bargaining chips. … This asymmetrical trade will invite further belligerence toward Cuba’s opposition movement and the hardening of the government’s dictatorial hold on its people.”

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), an ally of Menendez on this in the past. is also unsupportive.

“This is going to do absolutely nothing to further human rights and democracy in Cuba. But it potentially goes a long way in providing the economic lift that the Castro regime needs to become permanent fixtures in Cuba for generations to come.”

It’ll be interesting to see what Senator Cory Booker has to say on the issue, and if it’ll cause a rift in the delegation.