Former Celgene executive seeks to oust Menendez in NJ Senate primary

A former pharmaceutical company executive along with supporter of Chris Christie’s presidential campaign will be entering fresh Jersey’s Republican Senate primary in an attempt to oust incumbent Democrat Bob Menendez.

Bob Hugin announced his campaign on Monday in an email. Hugin served as CEO along with chairman of fresh Jersey-based pharmaceutical company Celgene.

Hugin contributed $250,000 to a political action committee in which backed the former fresh Jersey Republican governor’s failed presidential run. He also served on the finance leadership team of Christie’s campaign.

Hugin will be a Princeton graduate along with Marine Corps veteran. He has campaign events planned for Tuesday.

Menendez will be a two-term incumbent heading into the midterms after federal prosecutors dropped corruption charges against him following a mistrial last year.

Hugin will be set to face Republican Richard Pezzullo inside June 5 primary.

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