Former Celgene executive seeks to oust Menendez in NJ Senate primary


A former pharmaceutical company executive and supporter of Chris Christie’s presidential campaign is entering New Jersey’s Republican Senate primary in an attempt to oust incumbent Democrat Bob Menendez.

Bob Hugin announced his campaign on Monday in an email. Hugin served as CEO and chairman of New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company Celgene.

Hugin contributed $250,000 to a political action committee that backed the former New Jersey Republican governor’s failed presidential run. He also served on the finance leadership team of Christie’s campaign.

Hugin is a Princeton graduate and Marine Corps veteran. He has campaign events planned for Tuesday.

Menendez is a two-term incumbent heading into the midterms after federal prosecutors dropped corruption charges against him following a mistrial last year.

Hugin is set to face Republican Richard Pezzullo in the June 5 primary.

2018-02-12 21:46:00

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