Menendez won’t campaign in Miami-Dade

By Max Pizarro

PISCATAWAY – With Florida a battleground and President Barack Obama losing to GOP challenger Mitt Romney in today’s Monmouth University poll, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) said he won’t campaign in the Miami-Dade area as he did in the closing days of the 2008 general election.

“No,” the senator said in response to a question. “I’m going to be in New Jersey from now until Nov. 6th.”

Menendez has his own race to focus on, a showdown with GOP challenger state Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-13).

“Two more weeks – 15 days to be exact, but who’s counting?” the senator cracked.

He’s leading Kyrillos by double digits in most polls.

Sen. Menendez accepts Rutgers AAUP-AFT endorsement
Sen. Menendez accepts Rutgers AAUP-AFT endorsement
Menendez predicted that Obama would secure Florida’s 27 electoral votes on Election Day.

Four years ago, on a personal request by Obama, Menendez spent the last full week of the season campaigning in the Sunshine State, reaching out to Cuban Americans in the Miami-Dade area.

“As I campaigned I encountered people who would privately show me an Obama sticker in the palms of their hands and tell me they intend to vote for Obama, but can’t say it out loud because of peer pressure,” Menendez told at the time.

Today, receiving the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT-NJ) and the Rutgers American Association of University Professors (AAUP-AFT), the incumbent Democrat took a swipe at Republican presidential nominee Romney.