Pro-Christie Former Pharma Exec Announces Run To Oust Menendez

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 30:  Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) looks on as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin delivers the annual financial stability report to the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. Mnuchin said the Treasury can extend the government's debt limit suspension period into February before it exhausts its borrowing ability.  (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A former pharmaceutical company executive and supporter of Chris Christie’s presidential campaign is entering New 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 and chairman of New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company Celgene.

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

Hugin is a Princeton graduate and Marine Corps veteran. He has campaign events planned for Tuesday.

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

Hugin is set to face Republican Richard Pezzullo in the June 5 primary.

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