Philhellene Senator Robert Menendez Wins Third Term

Senator Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, was elected to a third term on Tuesday.

With almost all ballots counted, Menendez won with 53 percent against his Republican opponent Bob Hugin who garnered 43 percent.

“Today is a victory of hope over hate, for facts over fiction, for inclusion over division, for hard work over ripping people off,” Menendez said in his victory speech, at a raucous rally in Hoboken.

Menendez, in the Senate since 2006, has been a strong supporter of Greece and Cyprus.

As a ranking member of the powerful Committee on Foreign Relations he recently grilled the nominee for U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus Judith G. Garber who was reluctant to acknowledge that there are currently Turkish occupying troops in Cyprus.

Senator Menendez pressed her hard to acknowledge that there is a Turkish occupation of the island. “If we are not prepared to accept a factual reality, then we are in trouble in terms of how we move forward,” he told her.