BAYONNE, NJ – Saying that “Bayonne needs Bob Menendez in Washington,” former longtime Bayonne Mayor Joe Doria endorsed the reelection effort of New Jersey’s senior U.S. Senator.

Menendez faces opposition from Republican candidate Bob Hugin.

Doria served as Mayor of the City of Bayonne from 1998 until 2007, and in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1980 until 2004, including as Speaker of the Assembly from 1991 until 1992. He also served in the New Jersey State Senate from 2004 until 2007 when he resigned after being appointed as Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs by then Governor Jon Corzine.

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Pointing to their 35 year relationship, Doria continued that “only one man running for the United States Senate has delivered for Bayonne, that is Bob Menendez.  

“During his years representing us in the House and Senate, Bob Menendez is responsible for getting the light rail extended to Bayonne; securing millions for our local police and firefighters; and getting the approvals and federal resources needed to deepen the shipping channels, expand operations at our ports, and establish a new commuter ferry, all which have collectively led to record local business and job growth.”

Serving as senator since 2006, a position preceded by 23 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Doria further credited Menendez with protecting Bayonne’s interests in the city’s efforts to maintain control of the former Military Ocean Terminal site, a focal point of continuing redevelopment efforts.

“The special interest from New York and Trenton were trying to steal the base from us and it was Bob who literally stood up for us and demanded Bayonne be allowed to acquire the property,” Doria said. “It was his efforts in Washington that allowed Bayonne to receive funding to stabilize the peninsula and upgrade the infrastructure in order to allow development to move forward.”

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6.