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CONSTITUENT SUCCESS STORIES

DEALING WITH LARGE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES CAN BE CONFUSING AND FRUSTRATING. If you are a New Jersey resident and have questions about government programs, and need help with a benefit application you have submitted, or have a problem, Bob's dedicated staff of constituent service representatives stand ready to help in any way we can. If we are unable to directly intervene on your case or answer your question, we will do our best to put you in touch with someone who can.

Please note:

Because of increased security in the U.S. Capitol, mail service to our Washington, DC Senate office is significantly delayed. If you have an issue that is time sensitive, please call one of our offices.

If you’d like to share your comments and concerns with Bob on a specific policy or priority, please visit our contact page and send your message to Bob.

Below are a few success stories, which these constituents have given us permission to share. We would not share your story unless you gave us explicit permission. 

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Ron and Regina in Hackensack:

Ron was a veteran living at a homeless shelter and was trying to find housing. Ron had applied for Veterans Housing in Emerson, but had not heard back as to what was taking so long. Our office was able to cut through the red tape and Ron has since been living in Emerson. Ron’s wife wrote to one of Menendez's staffers, "Ron is so glad that he met you and that you became our advocate. We hope that there will be more...

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Nina in Egg Harbor City:

Nina contacted our office regarding a Kidney transplant surgery that she needed to have. She found a perfect match in her mother Nana Gulua. The only problem was that Ms. Gulua lived in the Republic of Georgia. The family applied for a visa multiple times but they were repeatedly rejected by the State Department. Saria eventually contacted Menendez's office and we were able to reach out Citizenship and Immigration...

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Richard in Bayonne:

Richard contacted Menendez's office regarding his brother who died as a prisoner of war in a German prison in WWII. Our office contacted the Department of the Army, Awards and Decorations Branch and they verified that First Class James Sucato was entitled to the Prisoner of War Medal. Richard said "I am truly grateful to receive it in memory of my brother James Sucato who died as a result of the horrible conditions he...

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John and Carmen in Elizabeth:

John contacted our office because his sister with special needs lives in Elizabeth, and her home was going into foreclosure. The Menendez team worked on this case with Wells Fargo for over 3 years. We were able to get an affordable home modification so that they could pay their mortgage and keep their home. The modification went from a couple thousand dollars to 785 dollars.

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Estela in Passaic:

Estela Frint contacted our office regarding her home that was in foreclosure with a bank called PennyMac. Estela’s husband had a stroke and they had a mountain of bills from the hospital. Estella owed $243,324.48 for her home. We were able to get her approved for a Home Affordable modification streamline program trial payment plan where she would pay $3,278.06 a month for three months and once that was completed she...

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Alaina in Bayville:

Alaina Jacobson contacted Menendez's office in January. Her problem is that she has been under the care of pain management doctors for approximately 20 years due to multiple issues. Because of the new CDC guidelines and state law, most of these pain management doctors have stopped treating patients because if they overprescribe they could end up in jail. Alaina told us that her insurance company gave her a list of...

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Robert in Matawan:

Mr. Menella contacted our office with an issue regarding the Office of Personnel Management. Mr. Menella was a border patrol agent and his disability retirement was approved in August of 2015. Mr. Menella left dozens of voicemails with the government regarding his annuity with no response. As soon as Senator Menendez sent in a congressional inquiry, Mr. Menella was given $23,000 in retroactive payment.

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Daryl in Matawan:

Daryl contacted us regarding his nephew, Braxton. He is a 19 year old with autism that was stranded in Cancun, Mexico, with his mother and father. They all went on a trip to Mexico for two weeks. At the end of the vacation they were unable to put Braxton on a flight back home. He had severe anxiety and couldn’t board the plane. He weighed over 350 pounds so it was very hard to get him on the plane. They had to find...

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Primo in Emerson:

Vincent, Primo’s son, contacted us regarding his father, Primo. He had been trying to work with the VA for over a year. Mr. Ottino was in assisted living and the son was paying $5,055 a month out-of-pocket for this. We were able to work with Vincent and the VA to make sure that the proper information was sent over to the VA. The VA was able to expedite his claim because of Menendez's intervention. Primo was awarded...

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Ronni and Christopher in Caldwell:

Ronni Frey contacted Menendez's office because she and her husband owned a small business in NJ for over 21 years. They import food and pharmaceutical ingredients from India, and resell them to US distributors and end-users. They were having two major issues with Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The generalized system of preference (GSP) was renewed and signed into effect on June 29, 2015. Their NJ company was due...

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Savannah in Union:

Savanah Cooper contacted our office regarding her deceased husband’s pension. Her husband worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb for 10 years. She had been trying to receive his pension for 10 + years. Menendez's office was able to reach Bristol-Myers Squibb, and get her the option of a onetime lump sum of $16,000 or $105 a month for the rest of her life. She opted to take the lump sum.

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