JERSEY CITY, N.J. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today released the following statement after State Senator Teresa Ruiz (LD-29) was chosen as the next New Jersey Senate Majority Leader:

“I cannot think of a more qualified, more experienced, and a more ready individual to be the next Senate Majority Leader than Senator Teresa Ruiz. Today is truly a historic day in our state and I couldn’t be more proud that Senator Ruiz will be the first Latina to serve in this role. Having a Latina in this top leadership position will ensure New Jersey’s vibrant Latino community has a strong voice advocating for them every single day in Trenton.

“For well over a decade, I have seen firsthand the level of commitment Senator Ruiz has for her constituents and the passion she has for advancing causes from education and social justice to immigration and women’s health care. I know her grit and determination, as well as her fiery, no-nonsense Newark attitude will serve her well in this role and will help ensure that bold, progressive policies that will have a real impact on hardworking families across New Jersey make it to the Governor’s desk.

“I congratulate Teresa on this new role and wish her great success. This is a momentous time for the Latino community in New Jersey and across the country, and I know Teresa will make us all proud.”