Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Republicans have conceded the senatorial seat to incumbent Robert Menendez.
As the ballots pour in from Sandy-ravaged New Jersey, Robert Menendez has emerged victorious in reclaiming his U.S. Senate seat against Republican challenger Joe Kyrillos. With just over half of polling districts reporting, state Republicans have conceded victory to Menendez. The U.S. senator leads 58 percent to 40 percent as of 10:30 p.m., according to CBS News. "Senator Joe Kyrillos ran a great campaign against very tough circumstances and despite the loss, his family, campaign team, and supporters should be very proud of their efforts," New Jersey Republican Chairman Sam Raia said in a statement late Tuesday night. "Joe represents the very best of New Jersey and has fought for his constituents faithfully from the day he took office and …
The incumbent, Robert Menendez, is well financed and heavily favored over Republican State Senator Joseph Kyrillos.
U.S. Senate candidates Robert Menendez and Joe Kyrillos agree on little when it comes to the issues. The veterans of New Jersey politics are largely pushing party-line policy as voters take to the polls on election day. Menendez, a native of Union City, has been the heavy early favorite over the state legislator. A recent Philadelphia Inquirer poll had Menendez up 50-32 over Kyrillos, in line with polls conducted by Richard Stockton College and Quinnipiac University. Kyrillos, echoing larger party sentiments, favors extending tax cuts for the "job creators" making large sums of money and also relaxing corporate taxes. It's a philosophy not shared by Menendez, who says New Jersey families have been "victimized" by corporate loopholes and …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Menendez, Kyrillos campaigns scramble to adjust TV ads, campaign events
Hurricane Sandy altered the physical landscape -- and it also changed the political and media outlook for the closing days of New Jersey's campaign for U.S. Senate. Incumbent Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and his Republican challenger, state Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) both tried to avoid obvious politicking, canceling or postponing campaign events and advertising, while maintaning high profiles. As with so much else in the campaign, that was easier for the incumbent Menendez. Just doing his job as a senator, Menendez was among the group of officials and polticians touring stricken Shore communities with President Barack Obama and Gov. Chris Christie, reassuring local residents and officials. For Kyrillos, whose legislative district …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Incumbent Democrat Menendez has big edge over GOP’s Kyrillos in polls, campaign funds and advertising budget.
Prime-time television viewers tuning in to “Dancing with the Stars,” “Revenge” or “Castle,” may see a familiar face -- Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ). The incumbent is not tripping the light fantastic, plotting harm or solving crime. But in the closing weeks of his re-election campaign, Menendez has begun spending the funds in his impressive war chest on some high-profile advertising buys, even in the expensive New York and Philadelphia markets, even while he holds a double-digit lead over GOP opponent Joe Kyrillos. Menendez's 30-second spots, detailing his rise from a humble background, are covering the airwaves, including national news and interview programs as well as syndicated favorites like “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune.” As …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Veteran state legislator Kyrillos, trailing badly, tries to link Menendez to Corzine in public’s mind.
Incumbent U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is seeking a second full term, challenged by a veteran state legislator, state Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth). But as the campaign wears on, Kyrillos increasingly has chosen to run against a different man: former Gov. Jon Corzine. The South Jersey state legislator accustomed to easy victories in his Shore district is far behind Menendez in every poll and so is trying to link his opponent with New Jersey’s last governor, whose popularity plummeted as the recession worsened in 2008 and 2009.. At the same time, nine other contenders, ignored by the major parties and not even afforded the publicity of the three senatorial debates, are trying to insert themselves into the conversation in whatever way …
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Incumbent says he's ‘fighting for middle class’ while GOP rival assails ‘these guys in Washington.
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and his Republican challenger, state Sen. Joe Kyrillos, had little trouble keeping to their campaign scripts in the first of three scheduled debates held Thursday night in Montclair. Before about 110 people in an auditorium at Montclair State University's Cali School of Music, Menendez talked of "fighting back for the middle class," while Kyrillosinsisted, “We can do better." Although the hour-long event included wide-ranging questions from moderator Mick Schneider of NJTV, four panelists and one who submitted taped questions, they seldom ruffled either candidate. Well into the debate,Kyrillos momentarily put Menendez on the defensive when discussing unsuccessful efforts to keep Fort Monmouth's operations from …
Friday, October 5, 2012
Sen. Robert Menendez and state Sen. Joe Kyrillos held first of three debates at Montclair State University Thursday.
Sen. Robert Menendez and state Sen. Joe Kyrillos discussed the economy, health care and foreign policy in a combative debate Thursday. The candidates, who are competing for one of New Jersey's seats in the U.S. Senate, each claimed their own policies would prove to be more beneficial to the state's middle class families. Kyrillos, a Republican, has held a seat in the New Jersey Senate since 1992. Menendez, a Democrat and the incumbent, has held his current position since he was appointed by then-Gov. Jon Corzine in 2006. He previously served in the House of Representatives. Menendez said he would fight for the middle class by continuing to lead initiatives such as creating tax credits for families and students. He also said he wanted to …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
A Monmouth University poll has the state senator trailing U.S. Senator Bob Menendez by 15 points.
State Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13), now a candidate for U.S. Senate, visited the Marlboro Blues and BBQ festival on Sept. 29 and said he isn't worried about trailing in recent polls. Kyrillos is up against incumbent Bob Menendez, who in a recent Monmouth University poll is leading the race by 9 to 15 points. According to the poll, Menendez has picked up support from independent voters in the last two months. "The polls, some are good, some are not good but I don't pay a lot of attention to them because they can change so quickly and so much. The big poll is on election day," Kyrillos said. New Jersey is historically a Democratic state, but Kyrillos said he believes residents around the state are willing to vote by name rather than party. "[…
Monday, October 1, 2012
Incumbent U.S. Sen. Bob Mendendez and state Sen. Joe Kyrillos will participate in the debate at Montclair State University beginning at 8 p.m.
Monday, October 1, 2012
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Thursday, June 7, 2012
After easy victory, focus shifts to Kyrillos and challenge to unseat Menendez in U.S. Senate.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Other than two closely watched Democratic races in North Jersey, which resulted in surprisingly large margins of victory, the rest of the state's primary contests Tuesday went as expected with every incumbent easily moving on to the general election. That’s when the spotlight will shift to the U.S. Senate race, which had one of the most lackluster primary challenges in recent memory. Democratic incumbent Bob Menendez was unchallenged and while four Republicans were on the ballot, there was never a doubt that state Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) would win. A close ally to Gov. Chris Christie and backed by a virtually united New Jersey GOP, Kyrillos has been running against Menendez since announcing his candidacy. He plans to officially …