RIDGEFIELD, NJ–The Armenian National Committee of New Jersey, the grassroots voice of over 50,000 Garden State Armenian families, has endorsed the candidacy of Senator Bob Menendez. "Bob Menendez, a true champion for Armenian Americans in New Jersey and across the country, is our clear choice for US Senate," said ANC-NJ Chairwoman Ani Tchaghlasian. "We value Bob Menendez’s principled leadership on Armenian issues – most notably his firm stand against the Hoagland nomination–and will encourage all Armenia’s – Democrats, Republicans and independents–to go to the polls in support of his candidacy on November 7th." Last month, in a powerful show of moral courage and solidarity with New Jersey’s Armenian American voters, Senator Menendez placed a "hold" on the nomination of Richard Hoagland as US Ambassador to Armenia over the Administration’s deeply flawed policy of denying the Armenian Genocide. His stand was welcomed statewide as a reflection of the Senator’s uncompromising commitment to core values and his strength in fighting for his beliefs. During his tenure in the US House, before joining the Senate earlier this year, Bob Menendez served on both the House International Relations Committee and the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues. While in both the Senate and the House, he consistently received "A" ratings from the ANCA for his effective leadership on the full range of Armenian American issues.