Make That SENATOR Menendez
Sources on Capitol Hill are saying that Rep. Bob Menendez (D) is Gov.-elect Jon Corzine's (D) choice to fill the year remaining on his Senate term.
The formal announcement is expected to come tomorrow, according to two sources who requested anonymity to speak candidly about private decision-making.
If, as expected, he is chosen, Menendez would become the first Latino senator from New Jersey. It remains unclear whether he will face a serious primary challenge next year as he seeks a full term in his own right, although Reps. Rob Andrews (D) and Frank Pallone (D) have both left open that possibility.
The Republican nominee will likely be state Sen. Tom Kean Jr.
UPDATE, 5:21 p.m. ET: The Fix's sources are cautioning that Corzine's announcement may not come tomorrow due to a scheduling conflict in Congress. Menendez still appears to be the choice regardless of the announcement's timing, the sources said.
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