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NJ first lady Tammy Murphy running to replace Bob Menendez in Senate

New Jersey first lady Tammy Murphy on Wednesday announced her run for US Senate in 2024, becoming the second Democrat to toss their hat into the ring after incumbent Senator Bob Menendez was indicted on federal corruption charges earlier this year.

“Right now, Washington is filled with too many people more interested in getting rich or getting on camera than getting things done for you,” Murphy says in her campaign launch video, which then shows images of Sens. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) as well as Menendez.

In the video, Murphy, 58, highlights her accomplishments as first lady, including her focus on improving maternal health care in New Jersey and putting climate change education in the state’s school curriculum.

“I am so proud of everything we’ve accomplished, but I know there’s a lot more to do. And that’s why I’m announcing this: I’m running for the United States Senate because we owe it to our kids to do better,” she says.

Murphy, wife of Gov. Phil Murphy, has never held elected office.

If she is elected, she will become the first woman to represent New Jersey in the Senate.

Fellow New Jersey Democrat, Rep. Andy Kim, announced his run for the seat in September, just a day after Menendez’s indictment.

Menendez, 69, the former chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was charged by the Justice Department with felonies including taking hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of gold bars and other bribes cash in exchange for helping three businessmen, Wael Hana, Jose Uribe and Fred Daibes, and the country of Egypt, according to officials.  return for abusing his powers as a senator. He has denied the charges.

The former chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has vehemently denied the allegations against him, claiming that he stockpiled large sums of cash out of a habit inherited from his Cuban ancestors.

All members of Congress are barred from acting as agents of a foreign government.

The senator’s wife Nadine and Egyptian-born business associate Wael Hana were also charged with taking massive amounts of cash in bribes, according to a Manhattan federal indictment.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has called on Menendez to resign.

Menendez has not publicly said whether he will be running for reelection.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has called on Menendez to resign.

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