State Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) launched his campaign for the U.S. Senate Wednesday by blaming his apparent opponent, U.S Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and President Obama for the federal deficit, the tight economy and high unemployment.
Kyrillos, 51, of Middletown, was surrounded by his family and hundreds of supporters as he made his initial campaign stops in Lincroft and Marlton.
“Our ballooning debt isn't just some giant number on a spreadsheet,” Kyrillos said. “It's a crisis that today undermines the strength of our country and tomorrow will bankrupt our children. Yet the guys who got us into this mess, our president and Bob Menendez, are running for re-election. They made things worse, and they’re promising more of the same. They offer us nothing new or different—just more of the same: More spending, more debt, more job-killing regulation.”
Kyrillos, a close friend and political ally of Gov. Chris Christie, is the only prominent New Jersey Republican to organize a campaign to challenge Menendez on the November ballot.
Standing with his wife Susan, and their young children Max and Georgia, Kyrillos told the crowd, “America faces tough and uncertain times. Our families face challenging times. Our spirit -- America's spirit -- is being tested. Over 20 million of our fellow Americans are out of work or underemployed today -- and many millions more are discouraged, feeling left behind.
“We proved in New Jersey that conservative leadership works,” Kyrillo said, a reference to his belief that the two-year-old Christie administration has been successful. “We are making tough choices—the same tough choices that need to be made in Washington: We cut spending, we stopped borrowing and we didn’t raise taxes. And ... we told small and big employers, ‘New Jersey is open for business again.’”
About his vision for New Jersey, Kyrillos said, “I want to be clear about the values I'll bring to the Senate and the principles I'll represent. Every decision I make will be guided by a simple principle: Will it restore and strengthen America as the land of opportunity and freedom? A country where hard work is rewarded, free enterprise is encouraged, and the potential of every individual is given chance to flourish.”