From left, Bergenfield Councilman Salvador “Buddy” Deauna, Sen. Bob Menendez, Jersey City Council President Rolando Lavarro, Jr. and Bergenfield Council President Arvin Amatorio.

The Filipino Reporter is endorsing the candidacy for re-election of Sen. Bob Menendez in New Jersey.

Sen. Menendez is also endorsed by the three Filipino-American elective officials in Jersey City and Bergenfield — Rolando Lavarro, Jr., Arvin Amatorio and Salvador “Buddy” Deauna.

Why Menendez?

New Jerseyans are the best judges.

Doug Quinn, from Toms River, supports Sen. Menendez because when he lost everything in Superstorm Sandy, Sen. Menendez never turned his back on him.

— “Menendez came and helped my family. Sen. Menendez helped all storm victims. He introduced legislation to help reform the National Flood Insurance Program.”

Pam, from Bayonne, “It’s only because of the Affordable Care Act — that Bob Menendez fought for extending — that me and my daughter now have insurance.”

Jack, from East Windsor, supports Sen. Menendez because of the champion leadership he’s offered veterans.

— “He’s been a tireless leader. I’ve been leading a veteran community here in New Jersey for 13 years and he has been a tireless leader for 13 years...”

Justin, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel, supports Sen. Menendez because of the dedication he has shown to veterans in New Jersey.

— “I’m very proud of the work that Sen. Menendez has done for generations and generations of military veterans...”


Some Filipino-Americans in Jersey City supporting Sen. Menendez.

Nadia, from Bloomingdale, “I support Sen. Menendez because he has shown, through his voting record, that he supports me. He has voted to expand the ACA to over a million New Jersey citizens and really expand women’s health. He stood up for sensible, humane immigration policies and really been on the forefront to stand up for our immigrant communities.”

Lisa, from Glen Rock, supports Sen. Menendez because he never stops fighting for women’s rights.

“I support Sen. Menendez because he’s fighting for women’s rights...”

From the candidate himself:

“I have dedicated my entire career to making sure everyone has an equal shot at the American Dream — from fighting to grow our economy and strengthen our middle class to ensuring equal educational opportunities and quality, affordable healthcare,” Sen. Menendez told a labor union with 30,000 members that threw their support to him.

Asked by FR what he could say about the attacks against him by his opponent in TV ads, Mr. Menendez said, “Those are lies. My opponent will say anything to gain political power.”


Selfie of Sen. Menendez with FR’s Manny Caballero.