Sires will not seek re-election to Congress; US senator’s son emerges as likely successor
Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) will not seek re-election in 2022 and Robert J. Menendez, the son of senior US Senator from New Jersey, has become the front-runner to succeed him, the New Jersey Globe has confirmed.
An official announcement from Sires is expected before the end of the year.
Most of the Hudson County Democratic establishment appear to have settled on Menendez, a 36-year-old lawyer and commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, to replace Sires in a district where the appointment Democrat is equivalent to an election.
Sires, 70, has served in the United States House of Representatives since 2006, when he won a special election after Bob Menendez stepped down to serve in the Senate. Sires and Menendez are the only Hispanics to represent New Jersey in Congress.
Sires represents the 8th District of New Jersey, a majority Democratic district that includes parts of Hudson, Essex and Union counties. Sires won 74% of the vote in 2020 in a district that fell from Joe Biden by a 73% margin to 36%.
It will mark the end of a hugely successful, though unlikely, political career for Sires, who emigrated from Cuba at the age of 11 and later became a high school teacher and coach in his western hometown. from New York.
Sires spent several years as a local political gadfly and won 27% as a Republican congressional candidate in the same district in 1986 against incumbent Democratic candidate Rep. Frank Guarini (D-Jersey City). He lost an offer for the Hudson County Freeholder as a Republican in 1986 and offers for a local office in western New York.
In 1993, Sires ran a campaign to recall West New York Mayor Anthony DeFino. Voters recalled DeFino while simultaneously re-electing him. When DeFino stepped down two years later, Sires was the easy winner.
Sires became the ultimate insider: he changed parties, supported Republican Gov. Christie Whitman in 1997, won an Assembly seat in 1999 – he defeated outgoing President Louis Romano (D-West New York) in the Democratic primary by nearly 10,000 votes – became president two years later, when Governor James E. McGreevey wanted to dump Joseph V. Doria (D-Bayonne), then went to Congress in 2006.
In the Democratic primary, he beat Perth Amboy mayor Joseph Vas by a 72-28 percent margin. He won the legislative elections by a margin of 78% to 19% against Republican John Guarini, a cousin of the former congressman.
The stallions sent a main challenge from the progressive Hector Oseguera with a 70-27% margin in 2020.
Oseguera is a potential candidate in 2022. So is Jersey City Councilor James Solomon, who won an unbalanced re-election in the downtown district.
The announcement of Sires’ retirement will come as the state’s Legislative Redistribution Commission examines a new map. The open siege is unlikely to affect the ongoing negotiations.
He will be the 21st member of the Democratic House not to be re-elected so far. His retirement will also open the chairmanship of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.
Sires did not immediately return a 10 p.m. text message requesting comment.
A lawyer specializing in private equity funds, Menendez is one of the youngest commissioners of the Port Authority in history, but also of a rare group who worked at the bistate agency: during his law studies, he was a member of the Port Trade Department.