Ricardo Rojas suspends 8th congressional district campaign

Congressional candidate Ricardo Rojas is ending his campaign for the 8th District of New Jersey. Photo by Mark Koosau.

Progressive organizer Ricardo Rojas has announced that he is suspending his campaign for the Democratic nomination to run for the 8th Congressional District of New Jersey.

A Jersey City resident who is a co-founder of the Progressive Democrats of New Jersey and their Hudson chapter, the Progressive Democrats of Hudson County, Rojas had planned on running as a progressive candidate last month after the current incumbent, Rep. Albio Sires, a Democrat, announced that he would retire after his term ends in 2023.

“We worked extremely hard this past month, and I now see that the runway is too short; that success is not a logistical possibility,” said Rojas in a statement. “Making this decision was extremely difficult, but it’s made out of respect to our volunteers, our campaign team, and our progressive movement.”

Rojas took aim at the establishment and said that the “political aristocracy in New Jersey will fall eventually.” He also said that he remains committed to the progressive movement and his organizing efforts.

“I’ll be taking the lessons learned through this venture to continue to aid progressive candidates for local office after a bit of a break,” he said. “I thank you all for believing in me and for your support.”

With Rojas exiting the race, the contest for the Hudson County-based district is now between Robert Menendez Jr., the son of U.S. Senator Rob Menendez, and progressive candidate David Ocampo Garjalas, whom both will be running in the Democratic primary on June 7.

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