Washington - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) met with Jersey City Superintendent of Schools Charles T. Epps Jr. and students of Jersey City Public Schools to discuss their campaign to get President Barack Obama to be next year's high school graduation speaker. As part of this campaign, NJ school children grades K-12 have written personal letters to the President explaining the special meaning his appearance would have for them. Today, they visited their Congressional representatives to deliver more than 25,000 letters and talk about the campaign. The students also delivered several portraits of the President created by Jersey City Students. Senator Menendez's office will ensure that the letters and portraits are received by the president.

"I was delighted to meet a group of dedicated and civically-engaged students who are the future of New Jersey." said Sen. Menendez. "These children look at President Obama and they see not only an admirable President committed to the success of our nation, they also see a role model and the endless possibilities that lay ahead for them. I am proud to help them in their efforts, and look forward to continue supporting them as their graduation in 2010 nears.