Robert Menendez on Principles & Values
Democratic Jr Senator; previously Representative (NJ-13)
More than 25 years after the Musto affair, the US Attorney's office--under the control of Chris Christie--took on an even more central role in Menendez's life. That time, he looked to be the hunted. Two months before that election, federal prosecutors very publicly subpoenaed records connected to a rental deal between Menendez and a community-service agency that won federal grants. The controversial subpoena would multiply into a small series and it became a critical element of the election. Democrats accused Chris Christie of issuing the subpoena specifically to affect the election.
Menendez has survived the minefield of indictment-prone Hudson County politics. First there were the murky waters inundating the Union City Board of Education. As a 19-year-old, Menendez was elected to the board and then served as its secretary. In that capacity Menendez testified before a federal grand jury investigating the board and Union City mayor William Musto. Menendez called him his “political father” but cut the paternal link, later testifying against Musto, who was sentenced in 1982 to federal prison on corruption charges.
Menendez was elected Union City mayor in 1986, and re-elected in 1990. He was in his second term when he was chosen to succeed the late Christopher Jackman in the state Senate in 1991. From there, Menendez was elected in 1992 to the House of Representatives and was re-elected six times.
Thank you, Governor-elect. This is a privilege I will work tirelessly every day to honor. Along with our soon-to-be senior Senator Frank Lautenberg, you have shown what it means to be a powerful advocate for our state in Washington, and I know you will lead us to even greater days when you take office in Trenton. I look forward to working with you in the days ahead to meet the challenges faced by this state and unlock opportunity for all of our citizens.
Senator Lautenberg, thank you for your leadership. I have a lot to learn from you, and I look forward to working as the junior Senator for many years to come with someone who has so much respect in the U.S. Senate. Governor Codey, thank you for the leadership you provided in a difficult time.
I have walked in the shoes of the average New Jerseyan all my life, and I know the challenges they face. I began a life in public service because I believed that one person committed to change could make a difference.
"In the past month, many Senators have asked me about my judicial philosophy. It is simple: fidelity to the law. The task of a judge is not to make the law--it is to apply the law. And it is clear, I believe, that my record in two courts reflects my rigorous commitment to interpreting the Constitution according to its terms; interpreting statutes according to their terms and Congress's intent; and hewing faithfully to precedents established by the Supreme Court and my Circuit Court. In each case I have heard, I have applied the law to the facts at hand."
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