NJ US Sen. Menendez gets 2nd term, beats Kyrillos
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - November 6, 2012 (WPVI) -- New Jersey voters are sending U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez back to Washington for another six-year term.
Menendez easily won re-election over Republican challenger Joe Kyrillos (kuh-RIHL'-us), who's been a New Jersey legislator for 24 years.
The 58-year-old Menendez never trailed in public opinion polls, so the race didn't generate much buzz.
The Hudson County Democrat entered the race with obvious advantages over his lesser-known opponent.
Besides running with President Barack Obama at the top of the ticket, Menendez out-raised Kyrillos by nearly 3-to-1.
Kyrillos' biggest weapon was GOP Gov. Chris Christie, who campaigned at diners and rallies with his longtime friend down the stretch.
Even the popular governor couldn't overcome a 40-year trend of New Jersey residents electing only Democrats to the Senate.
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