ICYMI: Hugin All-in on Kavanaugh

Menendez for Senate and Ryan Alexander · September 17, 2018

Hugin: ‘I haven’t heard anything’ that would sway vote for SCOTUS nom

New Brunswick, NJ – During an interview that aired yesterday on WPIX’s “News Closeup” with Marvin Scott, Republican Bob Hugin gave a full-throated endorsement of extreme, right-wing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  In response to a direct question if he believes Kavanaugh is a good choice and expects him to be confirmed by the full Senate, Hugin said, “I haven’t heard anything” that says that “I wouldn’t vote for him, today.  I think he will be approved.”

“It should come as a surprise to no one that Bob Hugin’s all-in on Brett Kavanaugh.  Hugin is a righter-than-right-wing Republican unable and too afraid to stand up to Donald Trump no matter the stakes and no matter how controversial Kavanaugh’s record,” said Menendez for Senate Communications Director Steve Sandberg.  “Hugin is a rubber stamp for Trump, who said he would’ve also voted for Neil Gorsuch and gave $500,000 to the right-wing Heritage Foundation who handpicked both Supreme Court nominees precisely because of their extremist views.  Bob Hugin will never be on our side.”


Despite millions in paid television ads portraying himself as an “independent” and “different kind of Republican,” Hugin has been sending campaign flyers to Republican insiders pledging to support both Donald Trump and his Supreme Court nominees.

A Kavanaugh appointment would shift the high court to the extreme, far-right for a generation and threaten to erase decades of progress made on civil, worker, voter, women’s and LGBTQ rights, overturn Roe v. Wade, roll back clean air and clean water environmental protections, take health care away from millions of Americans, and end protections for patients with pre-existing conditions.

Bob Menendez voted against Kavanaugh’s nomination to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006 and has said he would vote “No” on his appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The Senator has publicly called for delaying a confirmation vote until Kavanaugh receives a thorough vetting, and criticized the current process and Senate Republicans for trying to push the nominee through while withholding the majority of Kavanaugh’s record from the American people.