By now most of you have probably seen the photo of a shirtless U.S. Senator Bob Menendez talking to a bikini clad woman in Puerto Rico. I’ve decided against posting the photo because I have no desire to look at his topless photo again.
There are two things that have me mad about this junket. First, Menendez in just one weekend has spent more time in Puerto Rico than he did in South Jersey during his entire re-election campaign. Second, is that, at least according to his Twitter feed, Menendez is trying to make it appear he is there working on Hurricane Maria relief. Perhaps he forgot there are still folks in South Jersey who still haven’t fully recovered from Superstorm Sandy.
The fact that Menendez complains about “his wall” in the above Tweet really makes me angry. I’m sick and tired of people complaining about the wall who have no idea what they are talking about. I have friends who live and work along the border, places with very little security. I know one woman living in southeastern Arizona who leaves jugs of water on her property for illegal border crossers, not because she wants to, but because she fears what might happen to her if she doesn’t.
Has Menendez ever talked to her? No! Has he talked to any of the members of law enforcement I know who work along the border? Nope! Has he talked to any of the ranchers I know who make their living along the border? Again, no.
These are people who have had negative experiences with illegal border crossers. Talking to them doesn’t fit the narrative he and other Democrats are pushing. The truth is not every person illegally crossing the border is doing it for “good” reasons. Obviously, Menendez doesn’t want to take the time to lear about all the bad reasons people cross the border illegally.
For Menendez to try and make it appear that he is in Puerto Rico for any reason other than fun is a joke. This is a junket that was scheduled long before the partial government shutdown. He went there with at least 100 lobbyists and corporate executives and some members of Congress have family members with them.
Menendez may be a U.S. senator from New Jersey, but it is obvious he still doesn’t know where South Jersey is.