Democrats in Hudson County, which makes up the bulk of New Jersey's 8th Congressional District, are embracing Rep. Rob Menendez's bid for a second term despite jettisoning his father, Sen. Bob Menendez, after he was indicted on federal corruption charges earlier this year. However, the younger Menendez may have to follow suit in kicking his dad to the curb if he's to keep up his end of the bargain.
On Friday, the Hudson County Democratic Party awarded its coveted "organization line" to Menendez, assuring him of favorable placement on the primary ballot, and a passel of prominent local officials also rallied behind the first-term congressman. The move came despite the fact that Hudson Democrats gave their line to former financier Tammy Murphy's Senate campaign just last month, in effect telling Bob Menendez to get lost—a decision that raised questions as to whether they'd stick with the senator's son.
It appears that they will, but as the New Jersey Globe's David Wildstein previously explained, the Hudson Democratic Party expects all of its candidates to endorse one another: a "loyalty test" that "has long been a key requirement" in the county. Rob Menendez, alone among members of New Jersey's House delegation, has stood by his father, but Wildstein now reports that he has "privately committed to endorsing Murphy," according to unnamed sources. He has not yet, however, done so publicly.