Before alleged felon Bob Menendez faces New Jersey voters this fall, he’ll be spending even more time in a federal courtroom, away from his constituents. New Jersey voters don’t deserve another year of an absent senator. Menendez should resign.
Remember – After Menendez was indicted, The New York Times and The Star-Ledger editorial boards called on Menendez to resign immediately. That was back in 2015, just based on the charges.
The New York Times Editorial Board: "Mr. Menendez is evidently not in a hurry to get to the stage of contrition, having warned on Wednesday that he's 'not going anywhere.' He would be doing a disservice to New Jersey by clinging to power as a disgraced politician. His colleagues in the Senate should demand that he step aside." (Editorial, "Step Down, Senator Robert Menendez," The New York Times , 4/2/15)
The New Jersey Star-Ledger Editorial Board: "U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez now begins a fight for his political life that could last for years. New Jersey would be better off if he would resign and conduct that battle on his own time. The state needs a respected senator who is focused on his job, not a tarnished defendant who spends his days fending off credible charges of corruption and raising money for his legal defense." (Editorial, "Menendez: Resign And Spare Us the Drama," The Star Ledger , 4/1/15)
Feds intend to re-try Menendez
January 19, 2018 – 2:39 PM
Two months after a jury failed to come to a verdict in the corruption case against Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez and co-defendant Salomon Melgen, the Justice Department on Friday said they want to retry him.
The department filed a one paragraph notice of intent in federal to retry the case.
“The United States files this notice of intent to retry the defendants and requests that the Court set the case for retrial at the earliest possible date,” reads the notice, signed by Annalou Tirol, acting chief of the public integrity section. “Defendants Robert Menendez and Salomon Melgen have been indicted for bribery and corruption by two separate grand juries properly empaneled in the District of New Jersey. The first trial ended in a mistrial with a deadlocked jury. An early retrial date is in the best interests of the public, and the United States is available to schedule a retrial at the Court’s earliest convenience.”
A jury deadlocked on Nov. 16 after a two-and-a-half month trial. One juror told reporters that the jury was 10-2 in favor of acquittal.
Menendez is up for reelection this year.
Federal authorities allege Menendez did political favors for Melgen, a Florida eye doctor, in exchange for hotel stays, private jet flights and hundreds of thousands of dollars in political contributions.
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