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Category: Bob Menendez

Menendez the Liability

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Obama and MenendezFending off foreign intriguers and Communist conspirators isn’t cheap, Save Jerseyans.

According to IRS filings for the legal defense fund of Senator Robert “Hudson Bob” Menendez (D-Dominican Republic, Ecuador) released Tuesday, the Cuban conspiracy *cough cough* to undermine the sitting Senate Foreign Relations Chairman is a $700,000 endeavor to date.


Racism? Or Intrigue? Bob Can’t Decide

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

bob menendez is austin powersYou couldn’t make this crap up if you tried, Save Jerseyans.

When news initially broke of an alleged Dominican sex scandal involving U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, New Jersey’s senior legislator in the federal upper chamber decried the kerfuffle as the product of anonymous, faceless, nameless individuals from right-wing sources seeking to destroy a lifetime of work.”

Now Menendez is blaming the story on Cuban intelligence, an angle first advanced by Rep. Albio Sires. Seriously.

Tucker Carlson, whose Daily Caller initially reported the sex scandal, can’t help but take note of the evolving character of Menendez’s operative theory. “I guess this means Menendez no longer thinks the story is part of a racist plot against him, as he initially suggested,” Carlson told the Business Insider. “But Cuban intelligence? It’s a bizarre claim, and self-serving, and they’ve produced no evidence of any kind to prove it. Obviously we’re skeptical, but we’re making calls right now to see what we can dig up.”

So which is it? A racist Republican conspiracy? Or an international communist plot? A third possibility un-examined by Menendez (at least in the press) is the reality of manure attracting flies or, said another way, how his penchant for placing himself in questionable situations with shady characters will inevitably lead to unsavory rumors.

Until I have the opportunity to examine hard evidence of a grand foreign anti-Menendez conspiracy, Save Jerseyans, I’m left to conclude that there’s more reason to think the Obama Administration would use the FBI to punish Menendez than the Castro regime has any genuine interest in discrediting the Senate’s foreign relations chair. Just sayin’…


Hudson Bob vs. the Chamber

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

bob menendez is austin powersI occasionally surprise myself by agreeing with Bob Menendez (D-Dominican Republic, Ecuador) when he’s letting his inner foreign policy hawk hang out, Save Jerseyans, but sometimes the Caribbean’s top American tourist goes a little overboard.

Case in point? When he’s criticizing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for taking a relationship-building trip to communist-controlled Cuba.

“I would like to reiterate my concerns about the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s trip and the desire to strengthen its relationship with the Government of Cuba – a government that jails foreign business leaders without justification, violates international labor standards, and denies its citizens their basic rights,” Sen. Menendez complained in a letter to the Chamber’s current president. “Such conditions hardly seem an attractive opportunity for any responsible business leader.”


Menendez, Corker Talk Crimea

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

There are two moving pieces to the Ukrainian crisis, Save Jerseyans, in the wake of Sunday’s Crimean “referendum” (at gun point): (1) the Kremlin’s troop build-up and (2) the West’s snail-paced response. There were a number of things we could’ve done immediately; there simply wasn’t the will to make it happen. The people of Eastern Europe may pay for it soon if history is any guide.

In the interim, Bob Corker (R-TN) and Bob Menendez (D-Dominican Republic, Ecuador) discussed our government’s less-than-inspiring machinations – and the IMF-related hold-up – on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace:

Menendez Gets It; His President Doesn’t

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

I’ll say this for Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-Dominican Republic, Ecuador), Save Jerseyans: his foreign policy track record is a lot better than Joe Biden’s. That’s not saying a WHOLE lot, but there you have it.

For example, when he joined Jake Tapper to discuss the Ukrainian/Russian situation last week, only hours before the invasion, Menendez correctly identified Putin’s imperial ambitions: 

Dictators are never satisfied, folks. Enough is never enough. We’ll see if Menendez’s call for sanctions (and Ukrainian aid) picks up any steam…


Reasonable Doubt for Hudson Bob?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Reid and Menendez PresserExcessive TV consumptive may have led you to mistakenly believe that Chris Christie is the first “bully” in American political history, Save Jerseyans.

Buy Sen. Cory Booker (D-Twitter) a drink or tweet him at an off hour and maybe, just maybe, he’ll tell you about the time Barack Obama’s OFA put the fear of God into him. This is, after all, the same Administration known for turning a blind eye to IRS profiling of tea party groups. The former secretary of state’s own campaign kept a revenge list! You don’t mess with these Obamacrats or Clintonites and not expect retaliation. They won’t simply close your bridge lanes.

They’ll bury you under the bridge without batting an eye.


NBC Report: More Menendez Trouble?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Updated 7:19 p.m.

Here we go again! This is all we know, Save Jerseyans, was tweeted out by NBC’s New York affiliate around 6 p.m. on Thursday evening, Save Jerseyans:

Menendez Investigation

NBC 4 reports that “[t]he criminal investigation is focusing in part on the senator’s ties to William and Roberto Isaias and whether the senator crossed a line in trying to help the two brothers stay in the United States.”



Menendez’s Mediocre New School

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Photo Credit: Senator Menendez's official Facebook page.

Photo Credit: Senator Menendez’s official Facebook page.

You may’ve heard that West New York’s School #3 has be renamed in honor of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-Dominican Republic), Save Jerseyans.

Another great role model for urban America’s youth!

And what kind of education are we providing to the children attending our senior senator’s namesake institution?


According to the New Jersey Department of Education, Robert Menendez Elementary School (which is in West New York, an Abbott District) ranks in the 42nd percentile for academic achievement overall but in the 89th percentile among “peer schools.”


Menendez Donor’s Office Raided Again

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

FBIThat’s the word from West Palm Beach’s NBC affiliate this afternoon, Save Jerseyans.

According to WPTV-5, “[a]gents served a search warrant at  Dr. Salomon Melgen’s office in the 2500 block of Metro Centre Blvd. They have taped off the office’s parking lot, and several boxes were seen stacked outside.”

You’ll recall that New Jersey’s own Bob Menendez came under intense scrutiny in late 2012/early 2013 for flights to the Dominican Republican financed by Melgen, a Florida-based eye doctor and long-time Menendez donor, which may’ve allegedly violated Senate ethics rules. Sen. Menendez received hundreds of thousands of dollars from Melgen over the years in campaign donations.

There’s no indication as of yet whether this latest FBI raid involves that prior story line or a fresh investigation…


Fight Cloture: Contact Your NJ Senators

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Capitol Building at nightBob Menendez (D-Dominican Republic NJ) is a hopeless leftist, Save Jerseyans, and Jeff Chiesa isn’t facing reelection.

Still, these senators and their staffs talk to one another.

Let’s keep their phone lines good and busy ahead of tomorrow’s cloture vote! The stakes couldn’t be higher. It’s worth a shot to fight for the future of your family, your friends, your neighbors, your doctors, and your own bottom line.

Their contact info:

Member Name DC Phone DC FAX Contact Form
Senator Robert Menendez (D- NJ) 202-224-4744 202-228-2197
Senator Jeffrey S. Chiesa (R- NJ) 202-224-3224 202-224-7981

Visit our ObamaCare archives if you need to brush up ahead of the call… and please leave a comment here to let us know how it went!

N.J. Delegation Undecided on Syria

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Capitol Building StaticThe Obama Administration clearly favors a Middle Eastern foreign policy whereby the U.S. supports supplanting evil yet stable dictators with radical Islamic regimes, Save Jerseyans.

It’s insane.

Unbelievably, our own state’s congressional delegation isn’t so sure. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-Dominican Republic) is definitely voting for a strike (we already know how much he loves foreign entanglements); Rep. Rush Holt (D-12) is definitely voting NAY, and Scott Garrett is reportedly leaning in that direction as well. However, according to The Washington Post, New Jersey’s eleven other congressmen (including Sen. Jeff Chiesa) are reportedly undecided or simply declining to comment altogether on a pending resolution to authorize military action against Syria. I’ve been unable to garner any additional info as of Noon Tuesday.

Let’s get busy. Take a quick moment out of the afternoon to let YOUR representatives know that, in your considered opinion, the definition of insanity is Obama, Kerry, McCain & Co. demanding that American soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen die for Al-Qaeda in Syria, and that you will be voting accordingly next November (h/t

Member Name DC Phone DC FAX Contact Form
Senator Robert Menendez (D- NJ) 202-224-4744 202-228-2197
Senator Jeffrey S. Chiesa (R- NJ) 202-224-3224 202-224-7981
Representative Robert E. Andrews (D – 01) 202-225-6501 202-225-6583
Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (R – 02) 202-225-6572 202-225-3318
Representative Jon Runyan (R – 03) 202-225-4765 202-225-0778
Representative Chris Smith (R – 04) 202-225-3765 202-225-7768
Representative Scott Garrett (R – 05) 202-225-4465 202-225-9048
Representative Frank Pallone, Jr. (D – 06) 202-225-4671 202-225-9665
Representative Leonard Lance (R – 07) 202-225-5361 202-225-9460
Representative Albio Sires (D – 08) 202-225-7919 202-226-0792
Representative Bill Pascrell (D – 09) 202-225-5751 202-225-5782
Representative Donald Payne, Jr. (D – 10) 202-225-3436 202-225-4160
Representative Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (R – 11) 202-225-5034 202-225-3186 …
Representative Rush Holt (D – 12) 202-225-5801 202-225-6025 …

Another Lie from Frank Pallone

By Ernesto Cullari | Garden State Liberty

Frank PalloneCongressman Frank Pallone, the self-described author of Obamacare, along with his fraternity of political elitists, despite fierce opposition from a plurality of voters, hoisted the burden of Obamacare onto the shoulders of the American family. It has resulted in fulltime workers having their hours reduced, which has meant the loss of healthcare benefits for people that work in various service-oriented industries like retail and customer service. It has resulted in a nationwide spike in health insurance costs as well. Forbes estimates that the price burden on American families will vary between 34 and 80%, depending on the size of the family and the location.

It seems that Congressman Pallone and the Democratic Party are always in a rush to push more and more unvetted and unread laws into effect. The public was never given access to find out what was in the 2,400-page Obamacare law until Barack Obama signed it into law; nonetheless, many promises were made to placate our justified concerns. Pallone promised lower medical costs and more access to healthcare and all of his pledges have been proven false.


Who’s Really Sticking Whom?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-Dominican Republic New Jersey) expressed outrage on Sunday’s Meet the Press, Save Jerseyans, as a growing number of Latin American countries offer asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden:

It’s hard to miss the irony of Bob Menendez scrutinizing how federal officials and agents behave abroad. But that’s another story for another post, my friends…


Two Working Menendez Theories

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-Hudson)The NY Post was out this morning with fresh allegations lodged against New Jersey’s senior U.S. Senator, Bob Menendez. You can click here to read’em yourself at their website. This latest story has all the requisite elements of a Washington scandal: the powerful man, the married woman, and the “ethical” implications.

I know; I hear you. You’re saying “again???” and wondering what to believe. I’ve got two working theories about New Jersey’s scandal-plagued congressman, Save Jerseyans:

(1) Manure attracts flies, Save Jerseyans. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Pick your favorite! They all mean the same thing. Generally, when many people are alleging that you’ve got a dark side over an extended period of time, then chances are that there’s at least something behind it all. Menendez has been in the news for years owing to one purported misstep or another. Who knows if the most recent allegations hold water? What can be said of a man who attracts this type of negative attention to his state on a consistent basis? You never heard this kind of stuff about Bill Bradley or Frank Lautenberg…

(2) And then there’s the conspiracy theory. You all know I’d be the last one to defend this creep but still, while the concerns regarding the financing for Menendez’s flights to the Dominican Republic appear substantial, it now appears that the prostitution allegations may’ve been fabricated according to the authorities. Does someone have it out for Menendez? It is awfully odd that all of this stuff is coming to the surface right around the time that he ascended to the chairmanship of the foreign relations committee. I’m not saying he’s a good guy. I’m not dismissing all of the claims published by major publications outright. I am saying that each allegation needs to be viewed with extreme scrutiny since the prostitution allegations apparently fell through in spectacular fashion.

So what’s the truth?

The one thing I’m sure about is that we’re likely to find out between now and when Hudson Bob’s up for reelection again in 2018. Whether New Jersey’s voters give a damn is another consideration altogether, and one that I’m decidedly less optimistic about.