U.S. Senator Menendez Under Fire For Blocking Marine Corps Vet from Parade


MOUNTAINSIDE-A Marine Corps veteran, and former infantry officer said embattle U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) was behind his removal from a New Jersey parade this weekend.

Bob Hugin, who served for 7 years as a Marine Corps officer said he was notified this weekend that he was not welcomed at the Dominican Parade of Hudson County because he is running for office against Menendez, who narrowly skirted political corruption charges and was even accused by federal prosecutors of having sex with teenaged prostitutes.

Robert Menendez.

“A person would have to be really petty to feel threatened by his political opponent being in the same parade, but apparently Bob Menendez is,” said Hugin. “I would never stoop to that level and it’s unfortunate that someone who has been in Washington for 25 years — and Hudson County politics for more than 40 years — would be threatened by his opponent participating in a parade.”

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Hugin has often criticized Menendez for what he claims is a long history of political corruption and scandals while serving as a U.S. Senator, representing New Jersey.

Hugin’s campaign as well as the float company were given confirmation to participate in the parade, but later learned that apparently desperate, career politician Bob Menendez’s campaign had intervened to prevent Hugin and his campaign’s involvement.

Although Menendez’s corruption trial ended in a hung jury, he was severely admonished by his peers in the U.S. Senate.  His cohort in the corruption trial, Salomon Melgen was found guilty and sentenced to prison.

Melgen, according to court records provided Menendez with a lavish lifestyle in return for political favors from Menendez.  During the trial, federal prosecutors argued that Melgen treated Menendez to underaged hookers, but charges were never filed after the hung jury decision.

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“This is another sad example of an out-of-touch career politician who’s afraid of having people in their community informed about Bob Menendez’s disgraceful record,” said Kenneth Gonzalez, Union City resident.

Bob Hugin, a Marine Corps Veteran and business leader who has created thousands of New Jersey jobs, is running for U.S. Senate against incumbent Senator Bob Menendez. For more information visit bobhugin.com.


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