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Menendez supported by Human Rights Campaign

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The PAC Human Rights Campaign has endorsed Democrat Robert J. Menendez for Congress in New Jersey’s 8th District, one of 22 pro-equality candidates across the United States who have received support from the prestigious LGBTQ+ advocacy organization.

Endorsement often comes with access to money and access to a huge database of voter equality voters.

“At a time when our rights and freedoms are under attack from extremist politicians and judges, we need strong leaders who will stand up for everyone, including the LGBTQ+ community,” said Geoff Wetrosky, National Campaign Director of the human rights campaign. “That’s why HRC is proud to endorse Rob Menendez to represent New Jersey’s 8th Congressional District and that’s why we’re working to mobilize Equality Voters to support him in the November election.

Annette Taddeo, a Florida state senator who faces incumbent Republican Rep. Maria Elvia Salazar in a Miami-based district, also won an endorsement. Taddeo’s father, Anthony, was born and raised in Orange, and his aunt was a school secretary in West Orange. Salazar ousted Donna Shalala in 2020.

Newly elected Alaska Rep. Mary Peltola, a Democrat who defeated former Gov. Sarah Palin in a special election this year, also received the human rights campaign’s PAC endorsement.

Menendez, Port Authority commissioner and son of U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez, is a virtual certainty to take the seat against Republican Marcus Arroyo. Longtime incumbent Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) is retiring after serving in Congress since 2006.

“The progress that has been made on LGBTQ+ equality issues is under threat from extremist forces in Washington and across the country,” Menendez said. “In our struggle to move forward towards a more equitable future, we have learned from Roe’s reversal that progress can never be taken for granted.