Robert Menendez sworn in as New Jersey's new junior U.S. Senator

On Wednesday, Democrat Robert Menendez was sworn in as New Jersey?s new junior U.S. Senator.

The former Congressman from Hoboken was picked by Governor Jon Corzine (D-NJ) to serve out the remaining year of his U.S. Senate term. He is the first Hispanic from New Jersey to serve in the Senate. He says that affordable higher education and prescription drugs will be on the top of his agenda.

Currently Menendez?s congressional seat is vacant. Officials say two things can happen, the seat can stay vacant or Governor Corzine can call a special election to fill the seat. At least two people are said to want the job in the 13th Congressional District. If Governor Corzine decides on a special election, officials say it could happen as early as March.

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