A Saint Peter’s University alumnus is up for reelection for a third term when New Jersey voters head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez ’76, who has held the Senate seat in the Garden State since 2006, believes that Democrats have a real shot at winning.

“My staff and I have worked really hard and I am optimistic about our chances,” said the senator, who will go up against Republican nominee Bob Hugin, a businessman and former executive chairman of biopharmaceutical company Celgene Corporation.

One important component of Menendez’s campaign efforts is to tackle student loan debt.

“My colleague and friend Sen. Elizabeth Warren [of Massachusetts] and I have been working together to fight student loan debt,” the senator said. “These are some of the things young people have on their minds right now.”

Earlier in July, Menendez told NJTV News that he and Warren are refinancing the more than a trillion dollars of student loan debt collectively in America.

The senator is also a big advocator of two legislation that the Obama administration created: the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) which allows a person who entered the United States as children and meet other requirements may be eligible for work authorization; and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which offers consumers with subsidies (or a premium tax credit) to cut costs for households with incomes 100% and 400% of the federal poverty level.

“The Affordable Care Act allows someone’s son or daughter on their policy until the age of 26,” Menendez added.

As for the current administration, the NJ senator is not a fan of the sitting president vowing to end “birthright citizenship” by signing an executive order.

“What [Trump] is doing is inhumane and it’s tyranny,” Menendez said, noting that the 14th Amendment protects individuals born in the U.S.

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