Menendez survives primary challenge

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez was nominated for a third term over challenger Lisa McCormick, the publisher of NJTODAY.NET and a longtime activist, whose progressive message was broadcast over the last two years in about 20 million emails targeted to Garden State Democrats.

Menendez was hampered by a barrage of negative advertising paid for by Bob Hugin, the Republican nominee whose firm paid $280 million to settle allegations it promoted cancer drugs that weren’t approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

“My opponent, greedy drug company CEO Bob Hugin, is going to have to answer for his record of driving up prices for cancer patients while making millions for himself,” Menendez said.

McCormick earned about 158,000 votes and carried six counties: Somerset, Sussex, Warren, Salem, Hunterdon, and Cape May. She traveled all over the state in her 2002 Toyota Prius, meeting small groups of voters and progressive activists while sharing a message of peace, progress and prosperity.

New Jersey has not sent a Republican to the United States Senate since 1972. McCormick hoped to inspire more ordinary people to undertake election campaigns to counter the influence of the “greedy one percent,” a group comprised of super wealthy individuals who frequently buy political office.

Six independents filed to run for United States Senator in the general election, including Libertarian Murray Sabrin, Green Party nominee Madelyn Hoffman, Hank Schroeder, Natalie Lynn Rivera, Kevin Kimple, and Tricia Flanagan.

McCormick, whose son is going into his sophomore year at Fairleigh Dickinson University, during the campaign remarked that as a mother should would not want want to support a Bob Menendez unless the Democrat has a really repulsive opponent, such as Republican Bob Hugin. .

“We are still here and we will pursue progressive policies tomorrow just as we did yesterday,” said the McCormick, a challenger vanquished bu undeterred

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