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Sen. Menendez: Won't Go Back to Failed Republican Policies

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez is leading New Jersey's delegation to the Democratic National Convention, says voters have a clear choice and a proven track record with President Obama.

While U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) attends the Democratic National Convention this week, he wants voters to know they have a clear choice between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Menendez, who is the honorary chairman of the state's delegation, talked about the failures of the Bush Administration and the progress made under Obama, "He inherited the Bush Great Recession, the new Depression, businesses that made risky bets with two wars raging abroad, while millions of people in our country go to sleep every night without health care insurance."

He said Obama - despite opposition in the House and Senate - has passed historic health care legislation, brought our sons and daughters home from Iraq, given out college Pell grants and kept student loan rates low.

Menendez said voters shouldn't be fooled by the promises being made by the Republican candidates, because they've heard them before. "We understand the critical nature of this election, which way the country goes, under the Romney and Ryan vision that you're on your own," the senator said. " "What we don't want to do is go back to the policies of Romney and Ryan, risky bets, collective debt, ending medicare as Romney and Ryan promote a voucher program,  - we could end up in another war like Iraq."

Menendez said the New Jersey delegates are a diverse group that represent the multiculturalism of the state. They include Newark Mayor Cory Booker, State Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex), Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-Essex), Newark Council President Donald Payne Jr., and Assemblywoman Grace Spencer (D-Essex).

"The New Jersey Democrats will feel their spunk, we'll show the real Jersey that we represent. The state has shown in the polling it believes in the vision of the Dmemocrats," he said. "I'm feeling optimistic, I'm feeling the electricity."

"I'm looking forward to the president and Joe Biden - to remind the American people what we've inherited, what we've achieved and where we can lead the country in the next four years."

Pete Mock September 11, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Stuart, GM did not lose 41%, profits for the period declined 41%. They still did make a profit, just not as much as the previous period. Does anyone else note the irony of Republicans being so eager for GM to tank? It's all about the good of the country right?
Pete Mock September 11, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Actually Warren, Gallop tells us that 68% of the American public still believe that Bush is mainly responsible for the bad state of the economy. It quite amazing that he is still taking the blame more than three years after he left office. But take heart, thats down from 80% in 2009.
Tee Smyth September 11, 2012 at 05:37 AM
Shame on the people polled for not knowing their own senator. Press or not, there's no excuse.
The Stig September 11, 2012 at 06:43 AM
So Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi bent over backwards to help Bush after the Dems took control of Congress? The repetition of that video snippet is one of the biggest hoaxes that the Dems are trying to foist on the American people. It's SOP for politicians of OPPOSING parties to BLOCK the worst ideas of their OPPOSITION. Duh. Republicans didn't invent "grid-lock," nor are they even the best practitioners of it. The other hysterical thing is that Dems in NJ are demanding that their leadership grid-lock Trenton, lest Christie get any more wins before next year's election. So do you support them, or Harry Reid who claims that all he wants is a return to good old fashion bi-partisanship?
Alan Sanders September 11, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Hey, KMN. Any chance that your points are good enough and strong enough to stand on their own (and I think they are), w/o calling other people stupid? The tone of all the vitriol makes people dig in and distracts from the merits of their arguments. This comment is NOT for you alone, you just put me over the edge.
Jon September 11, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Good point Alan. I figured out a long time ago that KMN appears to have missed out on receiving a few key lessons about social interaction from his parents very early in life. He is an adult now, and unfortunately, it's probably well past the time when those kinds of things can be fixed. In another thread, he was very eloquently and diplomatically invited to consider curbing the childish namecalling and personal insults and instead focus on the issues being discussed. He clearly indicated that he heard and understood the suggestion, and said that he will stand by his current communication philosophy. He is an individual who is completely driven by a need to always "be right", even if it comes at the expense of social acceptance. Although it will probably say "I told you so" on his gravestone, there likely won't be many people left who are interested enough to stop by to read it. I for one have now added his username in my mental "auto ignore" category, since the Patch hasn't added an "Ignore" feature yet to let one suppress from one's own view all the posts from a given individual. His posts, like those of a few others who are also in my "auto ignore" list, have degrated to the point where it is too much work to try and skip past the personal attacks to find the meaningful substance of the argument.
The Stig September 11, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Your "proof" is from a column by Ezra Klein? Seriously? Only an idiot would post something like that and expect everyone to accept the Über-Liberal Mr. Klein as an objective observer of the truth. The only thing that would be less plausible is if he were quoting you.
Alan Sanders September 11, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Hey Stig, Why not comment on the content of Klein's post rather than relying on labels? What's your beef with the chart or his words? KMN, You are obviously a fight waiting to happen. Have a nice day.
The Stig September 11, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Gee, I guess you never heard of the Three Great Lies - Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics!! Even Mr. Klein notes, "This is an imperfect measure." He should have ended his "analysis" there. Also noticed you didn't bother to denounce your fellow Dems in NJ who are insisting that their legislative leadership use their majority position in Trenton to Grid-Lock NJ. Another NeddHypocrisy?? If you're going to push for b-partisanship and political collegiality, you should be doing so at all levels of government.
The Stig September 11, 2012 at 02:57 PM
See my comments above. Instead of being the house-scold, how about telling us why you think Klein's argument has any real merit. Do you also think that when the Republican's retake the WH and the Senate that Harry Reid will suddenly become Mr. Collegiality? If so, please name one instance where he didn't act as a complete Democrat Party Hack. Ditto for his Deputies, the senior senators from Illinois and New York.
The Stig September 11, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Nedd, you left out your signature, "so STFU." Are you going soft in your old age? Or has Hawaii mellowed you out just a tad?
Alan Sanders September 11, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Well, Klein's data sure makes it look like the partisanship has reached a new level but I don't think that the Dems. if in the minority will vote as such a block to make the majority fali as the Republicans have. Where they have irreconcilable differences with a Republican majority they will. Anyway, enthusiastically predicting things either way is foolish. This is a close contest, flip a coin..... and remember, NJ, where presumably, we will vote, will most likely, not swing this election, the voter suppression states will.
Butterfly September 11, 2012 at 03:12 PM
The main issue is that the republicans have let go of the principle of compromise and instead become more ideological in their stances. Since the US congress can only work if the parties are willing to compromise, I see the US as a de-facto failed state and the republicans as the major party at fault. And looking at the discussions here and elsewhere I do not see much of willingness to confront facts; there is a lot of hearsay and repeat of spin going around and no willingness to accept facts.
The Stig September 11, 2012 at 03:56 PM
The Democrats record in the US Senate on budgets is a perfect example of why trying to measure "obstructionism" via a chart on filibusters is meaningless. The majority party has refused to post a budget for over three years as they are required to do, yet this shows up no where on Mr. Klein's "comprehensive" chart, because it is a filibuster by another name. There are many ways to block legislative progress. Citing one of them may make for great headlines, but it fails to even begin to tell the story of how broken WDC is, and how both parties and the President equally share the blame. Insert Partisan Hack Rebuttal Below -
The Stig September 11, 2012 at 03:59 PM
On Election Day 2010, Mr. Boehner was not in the line of succession. That only happened in January, 2011 when he was elected Speaker of the House. And speaking of succession, isn't it kind of scary that at one point it was Obama -> Biden -> Pelosi !
The Stig September 11, 2012 at 04:13 PM
In a word - YES. The Dems aren't afraid that the Republicans will filibuster a budget vote, they're afraid they'll have to go on record. And after the Senate passes it's budget, they'll have to reconcile with the House, which has been doing its Constitutionally mandated duty for the past two years. Grid-Lock comes in many flavors, you'd just like to all pretend it comes in just one. Busted. As for LV references, they are lost on all of the people who live outside your dysfunctional little township.
hOpe tO get rid Of the dOpe! September 24, 2012 at 01:27 PM
How about asking we the 99% to pay our Fair Share as well? Financial aid is for those who are handicapped, certain welfare cases, or going through hardships that need financial aid with 6 months unemployment, not more. Maybe you can even add other categories that only the truly needy fall under. In regards to the unmotivated type of entitled, or sometimes just plain lazy, make them put their Fair Share of work in, and pay their Fair Share in taxes BY GOING TO WORK. Every capable bodied mooch collecting entitlements who could be gardening with the illegal aliens, is both taking money out of our economy, and not putting their Fair Share of taxes in. We need this type of reform. Drug tests for those on Welfare? From our beloved John F. Kennedy, the last strong Democratic president. “And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.”
Tammy September 24, 2012 at 01:49 PM
We don't want the 99% to pay our share!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We want them to pay their share on EVERYTHING they earn. I don't begrudge their success. What I do begrudge is that I am taxed on 100% of the money I make but they get to hide huge chunks of their money and ARE NOT taxed on 100% of the money they make. I can't imagine the amount of revenue the United States loses because of this. Yes I know it's legal. That doesn't make it right. It certainly doesn't give them the right to look down their noses at those who are in need.
XJS September 24, 2012 at 01:57 PM
The founding fathers didn't think any of us should be taxed on our income. How is it that we ended up where we are today?
David Zatz September 24, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Stuart's comment from 9/4 shows a great deal of ignorance. GM has not asked for another bailout. If Christie hadn't been elected, we would have done just fine, but we'd still be able to vote on school budgets ...
David Zatz September 24, 2012 at 02:00 PM
We are out of Iraq. I must point out that both wars you are now blaming Obama for, were started by a Republican. Unemployment is down from when Obama took office -- isn't that the fair time to start? When has Obama ever "race baited"? A concrete example, please...? It's not like the country was doing fine when Obama took over. The stock market had just crashed and it looked as though we'd be facing bank panics and widespread corporate liquidations.
David Zatz September 24, 2012 at 02:03 PM
According to the WSJ, the reason for our high tax burden is our unusually high number of commuters. So let me get this straight, you say Christie's doing a great job, but then you whine about how our taxes are high and bad for millionaires, how our business environment is bad, etc... and then you blame our federal senators for it, as though they can do something about that? Do you think senators run the state? Is ignorance a requirement for making political posts? Sure seems that way looking at the stupidity on this page.
Alan Sanders September 24, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Do you really think that a substantial number of the millions of unemployed are gaming the system? Sure some people milk it but I believe that most would rather have their old jobs back or work at higher rates than they get from unemployment insurance. The economy is broken. Saying go get a job seems a little out of touch with reality to me.
Alan Sanders September 24, 2012 at 02:43 PM
XJS: Because no taxes created the gilded age with people wealthier than Buffett and Gates put together relative than the average citizen. Also because the government needed to create government services and the poor were so poor that they didn't have the money. Why don't you google why do we have income taxes and read about it.
Helen Cool September 24, 2012 at 06:12 PM
It's kind of fun seeing so many citizens politcally involved, however, it's a little frightening too. Harry Reid the supposed head of the Senate along with Sen Mennedez & several others have decided that they no longer wished to do their jobs. You know what I mean "pass a budget, debate & then vote on some 38 to 40 bills passed by the House. Protect our borders & probably a few 100 other things that we have not been made privy to". If this is the type of governing you desire than fine that's up to you. However, I find their methods repugnant. Let's see BHO's itinerary for this week is the View, we just lost 4 great Americans in Libya,(who were not properly protected) & he kept trying to say that it was due to a stupid video & therefore spontaneous. Last week he was really busy he was on Letterman's & of course he had to be interviewed by the "Pimp with a Limp" don't ask. With executive privilege he is slowly but surely decimating our Constitution and the Rule of Law. If you people wish to live in a Banana Republic re-elect Obama & his pal Mennedez. As for me I perfer intellect over ideology .
BellairBerdan September 24, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Meanwhile, Mitt Romney was looking at the clouds and hating on half of America.
XJS September 24, 2012 at 06:30 PM
I agree. It seems the only thing politicians work at is to be re-elected. Why is that? It's more than the paycheck.
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I'm throughly confused by ur comment r u happy that Menendez got back in office for (6 MORE YEARS) or sadden. If u like this man cud u tell why? As I've said before I've only been interested in politics for the passed 4 yrs.. And so far I've NEVER heard this man come up with an idea that I didn't oppose. In particular OBAMACARE.
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