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Rush Holt: Research physicist at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab until '98

Holt brought in $2.1 million in campaign contributions in the 2011-2012 election cycle. A research physicist who was assistant director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory before he entered the House in 1998, Holt received a combined $42,000 from employees of Princeton University, which operates the lab, making them his biggest donor group.

At the plasma physics lab, Holt was responsible for institutional planning and government relations, and created the science education department, lab spokeswoman Kitta MacPherson said. "As a member of Congress, he has continued to take an active interest in the laboratory and has visited on a number of occasions to keep up to date on its progress," she said.

Source: The Times of Trenton on 2013 N.J. Senate race Jun 7, 2013

Bob Menendez: Helped promote NJ biotechnology and solar industries

The federal government should follow Trenton's example, Kyrillos said, by cutting spending, taxes and "job-killing regulations."

"We're making all the wrong decisions in Washington, D.C.," he said.

Menendez emphasized his efforts to help the middle class grow and prosper, listing New Jersey's biotechnology and solar industries as areas that he helped to promote.

Both candidates indicated that failing to avoid the impending "fiscal cliff"--a set of large spending cuts and tax increases set to take effect in January unless Congress takes action--would be unacceptable.

Menendez promised Congress would find a way to meet this challenge. "There will be no tax increases on New Jerseyans or Americans in January," he said.

Kyrillos attacked Menendez and the Congress for waiting until the last minute to respond. "I'm not sure he understands what's at stake. I can't believe that they allow the uncertainty to exist out there," Kyrillos said. "Why can't they get their act together?"

Source: The Bergen Record on 2012 N.J. Senate debate Oct 14, 2012

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