New Jersey first lady fielding calls to run for Menendez seat

New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy is being asked to run for U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D.N.J.) in 2024, a person familiar with the discussions told The Hill. admitted.

Sources told The Hill that if Murphy decides to run, an announcement is not expected until after the 2023 Congressional It was first reported New Jersey Globe.

Menendez faced calls for his resignation in both the Garden State and Washington, D.C., after he was indicted Friday on charges that he used his senatorial connections to benefit several businessmen in New Jersey and Egypt. is increasing. The New Jersey couple received several hundred dollars in return.

But Menendez has denied allegations of wrongdoing and vowed to remain president for the remainder of his term.

“The allegations leveled against me are just that: allegations,” Menendez said at a news conference Monday. “I knew this was going to be my biggest fight yet. But as I have said throughout this process, once all the facts come out, not only will I be acquitted, but I will still I strongly believe that he will continue to be New Jersey’s senior senator.”

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) was one of the first Democrats to call for Menendez’s resignation.

“These are serious charges that concern national security and the integrity of our criminal justice system,” Murphy said in a statement Friday. “The allegations are so serious that they undermine Sen. Menendez’s ability to effectively represent the people of this state.”

Rep. Andy Kim (D.N.J.), who called on the New Jersey senator to resign, announced Saturday that he will run for Menendez’s seat.

Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, rates Menendez’s seat as a “solid Democrat,” but Senate Democrats thought the seat was safe heading into 2024. It’s causing uncertainty and headaches.

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