NEW YORK — New Jersey first lady Tammy Murphy is stepping into the ring to replace embattled U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez.
Murphy says she’s the best woman for the job, but Menendez is already making it clear that he won’t stay silent.
Although she has never held public office, Murphy said she is ready to move from the governor’s mansion to Washington as Senator Murphy.
The mother of four cites her work as first lady to improve maternal health care in New Jersey and combat climate change.
But Menendez, whom Murphy hopes to unseat, has already reached out to us, telling a New Jersey newspaper that Murphy owns her husband’s track record on taxes and COVID deaths in state nursing homes for veterans.
Menendez also called Murphy’s “rush to judgment” and calls for Menendez to resign amida “blatant disenfranchisement maneuver.”
Other Democrats running to fill Menendez’s seat includeKyle Jasey and Lawrence Hamm.
On the Republican side, Mendham Mayor Christine Serrano Glassner is seeking her party’s nomination.
Glassner said Murphy’s candidacy “highlights the cronyism that has plagued New Jersey politics for decades.”
Murphy is the wife of current Governor Phil Murphy, a Democrat elected to a second term in 2021.