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Sunday, December 11, 2005

Menendez Appointment

From NY Newsday:

TRENTON, N.J. -- The appointment of Rep. Robert Menendez as the first Hispanic U.S. senator from New Jersey underscores the increasing political clout of the state's growing Hispanic community, leaders said Friday.

"The choice of Menendez highlights the maturation and growth of the community, and the political awareness of our strategic importance," said George A. Castro II, chairman of the Hispanic American Political Action Committee.

"He possesses the strength, tenacity, intelligence and endurance to fight an (election) campaign against any Republican candidate, and prevail," Castro added.

New Jersey is the fifth most populous U.S. state for Latinos, with about 1.3 million, or 15 percent of the state's population. That figure grew almost 70 percent from 1990 to 2003, the most recent year for which the Census Bureau has data.

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