TOMS RIVER-Ocean County Democrat Teddy Price announced today that he will be endorsing former United States Marine Bob Hugin for U.S. Senate. Hugin is challenging the embattled longtime Democrat, Robert Menendez in November.
Menendez has been plagued in the past year by a lengthy corruption trial which ended with his co defendant Robert Melgin being sentenced to 17 years in prison. Melgen was convicted after bribing Menendez with over $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions, according to CNN.
Price, who is running for Freeholder against the Ocean County GOP this year is the former President of the Toms River Democratic Club. He called Menendez a disgrace to the State of New Jersey.
“This year’s election isn’t about Democrats or Republicans, it’s about the people of New Jersey,” said Price. “Unlike Senator Bob Menendez, who has disgraced the office and our state, Bob Hugin is a man of service, honor, and integrity who will put the people of New Jersey first. He has a proven track record of creating jobs and bringing people together from different backgrounds to find innovative solutions to complex problems.”
The announcement comes on the heels of another high level Ocean County Democrat, James Fozman endorsing Hugin, continuing to expose a rift amongst Democrats at the Jersey Shore over the Menendez corruption scandal.
Recent polls show Bob Hugin’s campaign against the incumbent Democrat is essentially a dead heat with Independents 一 the state’s largest voting bloc 一 supporting Hugin over Menendez 37 to 33, Hugin’s campaign said today.
“The continued support I am receiving from Democrats like Teddy Price is humbling and a clear sign that the people of New Jersey know this election is so much bigger than typical party politics,” said Hugin. “After suffering under Bob Menendez’s 25 years of corrupt, ineffective leadership, the people of New Jersey know that they deserve better and it’s time for change. They want an action-oriented, results-driven Senator who will put people above politics and that’s the kind of Senator I will be from day one.”