Bob Hugin, the Republican candidate seeking to unseat Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), joined Todd Piro and patrons at the Spinning Wheel Diner in Lebanon, New Jersey, on Election Day.

"I am feeling so energized. The people of New Jersey deserve better," Hugin said. "We're gonna make it happen today. Big win, big win today!"

He said Menendez -- who went on trial in federal court last year, accused of illegally accepting gifts from a wealthy donor -- has "disgraced and embarrassed" the Garden State.


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A mistrial was declared after the jury failed to reach a verdict, but later, the Senate Ethics Committee “severely admonished” Menendez.

If elected, Hugin said the first thing he will do is "restore integrity and honor" to the office, and then he will work with lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to address the most important priorities for the people of New Jersey.

"Let's fight about everything else, but let's prioritize those two or three things, which includes infrastructure, getting more resources back to New Jersey, so we don't have the highest property taxes, the highest sales taxes," Hugin said.

He noted that Menendez has voted to raise taxes more than 500 times in his 25 combined years in the House and Senate.

"He's part of the problem. It's time for him to go. 25 years of failure and embarrassment. We can do better. We're gonna do better."

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