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Senator Menendez: Don't Go Back to 'Failed' Republican Policies

Menendez, who will lead New Jersey's delegation to the Democratic National Convention, says voters have a clear choice and a proven track record with President Obama.

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

"(Obama) 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," said Menendez—the state delegation's honorary chairman—of the failures of the Bush administration and the progress made under Obama.

Menendez touted Obama's achievements that include, despite opposition in the House and Senate, include passing historic health care legislation, ending the war in Iraq, giving college Pell grants and keeping student loan rates low.

Voters shouldn't be fooled by Republican candidates' promises, because they've heard them before, the senator added.

"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," Menendez 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."

The New Jersey convention delegation is a diverse group that represents the multiculturalism of the state, Menendez said. Delegates include Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Camden County Freeholder Jeffrey Nash, state Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera (D-4) and Assemblyman Gilbert “Whip” Wilson (D-5).

"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 Democrats," 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."

Kevin September 04, 2012 at 12:03 PM
"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." Someone tell me how even if those things are accomplished how it could bring us into another war like Iraq? Sounds like a typical play from their playbook this week. Continue to blame Bush, and connect irrational dots to arrive at an even more irrational conclusion. It may not be the President of the US that needs to go, these clowns in Congress need to have term limits, and voted the heck out. Starting with our own clowns Mendendez, and Lautenberg (@ 88 yrs old its time to go). But we won't we'll continue to reward their lack of work for NJ with new terms.
libsrsic September 04, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Like the main stream media, the Patch shows it's lack of journalist integrity by being a mouthpiece for the Democrats. How old is that pix of Sen. Menendez anyway?Let's read and see a counter article and picture by Senator Marco Rubio. President Obama had a Democratic House and Senate for 3 years and did nothing for job growth. Unemployment above 8% for 42 straight months. Cities run by the likes of Menendez are in shambles. BTW, go see the popular movie "Obama's America: 2016". It's playing in Cherry Hill, Somerdale and The Ritz in Voorhees.
Matt Skoufalos (Editor) September 04, 2012 at 02:04 PM
We ran plenty of coverage of the RNC a couple weeks back, and now this is part of our lead-up to the DNC. I guess we were mouthpieces when we published info about the Republican slate of Freeholder candidates too: http://collingswood.patch.com/blog_posts/camden-county-gop-announces-freeholder-candidates-for-2012-election or when we publish Joe Kyrillios' blog entries: http://collingswood.patch.com/blog_posts/senator-kyrillos-on-governor-chris-christies-keynote-speech or any of our coverage of Governor Christie's RNC keynote address: http://collingswood.patch.com/articles/read-the-full-text-of-gov-christie-s-keynote-address-at-the-gop-convention#youtube_video-11167186 Or hey, when we ran a big piece about Rob Andrews ethics investigation two days ago, that was super-"mouthpiecey": http://collingswood.patch.com/articles/house-ethics-panel-finds-andrews-likely-misused-campaign-funds Patch has a national election project at each of its member sites, and throughout the campaign season, is reporting on candidates from both sides of the aisle. Expect to see more coverage of Democratic candidates and remarks as the convention continues and/or it's relevant--just as you will continue to see information from Republican candidates in the coming weeks.
Von Lechner September 04, 2012 at 08:13 PM
The only thing I agreed with the senator about was the critical nature of this election. It will determine if the individual will be allowed to be free to be an individual, or be forced into the collective, becoming property of the state.
Matilda September 04, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Are you kidding me.The last 3 and a half years have been torture. Extreme high unemployment (ask my son who's still out of work), the most divisive administration ever, cutting 8 plus billion from Medicare to fund Obamacare, more people on food stamps, stopping the Keystone pipeline, bailing out companies with our tax money (when will get our money back? hmmm), I can go on and on. Menendez is delusional. He needs to be fired too!!! The mess we have now is Obama's!!! We need an adult in the White House - Romney....
Anne Carroll September 06, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Matt Skoufalos: You, and Collingswood Patch, do a fair and good job providing balanced coverage of our very complex and very perplexing political situation. Thank you.

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