Latinos For Menendez: We’re Ready To Make History Once Again
By Mel Fabrikant Friday, October 05 2012 @ 05:47 AM EDT
New Jersey’s Legislative Latino Caucus unanimously endorses U.S. Senator Bob Menendez for the United States Senate
Caucus members emphasize the importance of re-electing Menendez for another term
The New Jersey Legislative Latino Caucus announced today its unanimous and formal endorsement of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez for re-election. Senator Menendez stands to make history once again by becoming the first Hispanic from New Jersey to be re-elected to the U.S. Senate.
New Jersey’s Hispanic state legislators highlighted Menendez’s working family roots and these experiences continue to guide his decisions in Washington as he fights for New Jersey’s working families. In the heart of the “Silk City,” where textile laborers can still be found working, Menendez spoke about his mother, an immigrant from Cuba who worked as a seamstress in the factories of New Jersey. Her influence has inspired Senator Menendez’s continuing fight for New Jersey’s working families and vibrant Hispanic community.
“This year the Hispanic community has a tremendous opportunity to make a difference and send a message with their vote –by voting for Bob Menendez and re-electing him to the United States Senate and re-electing President Barack Obama,” said State Senator Teresa Ruiz. “It is incumbent upon all of us to go back to our communities to get our neighbors energized and engaged in this year’s U.S. Senate and Presidential races on a very personal level. Bob Menendez has fought to bring more jobs back to New Jersey; he has fought to make college more affordable and accessible; and he has fought to make health care more accessible.” She added, “New Jersey needs a senator who fights for and defends the rights of New Jersey’s working families—Bob Menendez is that man.”
“Senator Bob Menendez is truly an inspirational person,” said Caucus Chair State Senator Nellie Pou. “New Jersey’s working families and the Hispanic community here in New Jersey ought to be proud of the work he is doing for all of us in the United States Senate. In Washington, he has fought to increase Pell grant amounts so Hispanic students can make their college dreams a reality, and most recently, he has successfully convinced President Obama to stop the deportation of young students so those that are eligible to do so, can work and go to college, without the fear of deportation.” Moreover, “As Chair of New Jersey’s Legislative Latino Caucus, I am incredibly proud and honored to announce the Caucus’ endorsement of a trailblazing leader like U.S. Senator Bob Menendez.”
“It’s time that we all roll up our sleeves and get to work to help re-elect our very own Bob Menendez to the United States Senate,” said Assemblyman Vincent Prieto. “In just 34 days, New Jersey has the opportunity to make history once again and send a message –loud and clear – that New Jersey’s working families and Hispanics all across the state stand in solidarity with Bob Menendez: Our Senator, Our Defender, and Our Future.”
“This election is about New Jersey’s working families. It’s about you and me --all of us -- working together to help create more opportunities for our families and children, so that future generations can have the same opportunities that were afforded to me,” said U.S. Senator Bob Menendez. “Having watched my parents work hard to raise our family into the middle class, I have dedicated my work to helping others have the same opportunities that afforded me the chance to be the first in my family to graduate from college and in a country of over 300 million, ascend to be one of 100 U.S. Senators.” He added, “My late mother, who worked hard in the factories of New Jersey as a seamstress, instilled in me to always fight for what is right—despite how unpopular the decision may be – to always fight and speak up to help others achieve remarkable things. I know the struggles and the hopes of middle class New Jersey families because that’s where I come from- and that’s who I am still today.”
The New Jersey Legislative Latino Caucus and its members advocate for the state’s Hispanic community to ensure the more than 1.5 million Hispanics who call New Jersey their home have a fair say on issues ranging from redistricting, education and health disparities, to name a few. The Caucus members include: Caucus Chair, State Senator Nellie Pou (D-35), Senator Teresa Ruiz (D-29), Assemblywoman Marlene Caride (D-36), Assemblyman Albert Coutinho (D-29), Assemblyman Angel Fuentes (D-5), Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez (D-32), Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera (D-4), Assemblyman Vincent Prieto (D-32), Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-20), and Assemblyman Ruben Ramos (D-33).
Menendez, the son of immigrants, was raised in a tenement in Union City and was the first in his family to go to college. Through hard work and opportunities, he has risen to be one of 100 United States Senators. He was the first Hispanic elected to the state legislature; the first to be elected to Congress from New Jersey’s 13th congressional district; and the first Hispanic from New Jersey to be elected and to serve as a United States Senator. Today, Menendez is the only Hispanic Democratic senator in the U.S. Senate. For over 30 years, he has fought for the interests of New Jersey’s working families and the Hispanic community in New Jersey. Hispanics are the country’s largest and fastest growing minority group. Nearly 1.5 million Hispanics reside in New Jersey, making up about 18 percent of the state’s total population.
For more information visit the Menendez for Senate main website (http://menendezfornj.com) and Menendez for Senate Spanish-language website (http://menendezfornj.com/es).