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  Corzine Selects Menendez to Replace Him in Senate
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Last EditedCOSDem  Dec 10, 2005 11:13pm
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MediaNewspaper - New York Times
News DateSunday, December 11, 2005 05:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionIn his first major decision after being elected governor of New Jersey, Jon S. Corzine announced the selection of a Hudson County congressman to replace him in the United States Senate. Robert Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants who became a lawyer then rose in the brass-tacks world of New Jersey politics, will fill Mr. Corzine's old post for at least a year, when he will face what may be a crowded run for re-election.

Making the announcement inside a historic rail terminal in Jersey City's Liberty State Park, near the Statue of Liberty, this afternoon, Mr. Corzine described Mr. Menendez, who will be the state's first minority senator, as a competent man of principle, electable in his own right. "Symbolism meets reality with Bob Menendez," Mr. Corzine said. He praised Mr. Menendez for being a fierce advocate for progressive values.

Mr. Menendez, for his part, said he was honored and vowed to "work his heart out."

Mr. Corzine's decision, which he said had been a complicated one, had been the fixation of local political circles since the governor's race was settled last month. But it also has national implications for Democrats hoping to retake control of the Senate and Republicans, seeking to keep to it. The term runs out in January 2007.
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