Republican New Jersey mayor says Senate race is 'winnable'

 March 11, 2024

Faced with rock-bottom approval ratings, corrupt New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez (D) could bring the state's Democrats down with him as he heads for the exits.

After the latest criminal charges were filed in his bribery case, a Republican hoping to win his seat says it's "winnable" for the GOP after decades of liberal control.

Christine Serrano Glassner, the mayor of Mendham Borough, told Breitbart News Saturday that Menendez's "corruption" and a pair of "weak" Democratic candidates set up an ideal scenario for the GOP.

Upset in New Jersey?

Governor Phil Murphy's own wife, Tammy Murphy, is one of the two leading Democratic candidates. Despite her powerful connections, she is in a tight race with congressman Andy Kim.

"Personally, I don’t think we have the strongest candidates in Andy Kim or Tammy Murphy," Glassner said.

"She doesn’t really have any credible experience and he is from south Jersey, doesn’t really know the north Jersey folks, and is much more progressive than the democrats here in New Jersey I think are interested in.”

Glassner also cited the surging cost of living in New Jersey, one of the most expensive states in the country, as a reason for Republicans to feel optimistic.

“It can be done and first of all if you look at the state of New Jersey, thanks to the Biden-Murphy administration and Menendez and certainly Tammy Murphy has made this state one of the most expensive in the country.”

“I think it makes it more winnable,” Glassner said.

Menendez pleads not guilty

Murphy's husband, Governor Phil Murphy, narrowly won re-election in 2021 as a red wave swept the Garden State.

The political environment got tougher for Democrats last year when Senator Menendez, a powerful and long-serving Senator, was hit with charges for taking bribes.

Menendez pled not guilty on Monday to new charges of obstruction for trying to cover up the scheme.

Prosecutors said Menendez and his wife Nadine told their lawyers to lie about financial gifts they received from their co-defendants, including a luxury car and a mortgage payment for Nadine's home.

Following the latest indictment, reports surfaced that Menendez would step down at the end of this year. However, he has shown no sign he intends to leave office before then.

The state's primary is on June 4.

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