NJ Sen. Bob Menendez anticipated to announce re-election bid at Monday presser — days after bribery prices

NJ Sen. Bob Menendez anticipated to announce re-election bid at Monday presser — days after bribery prices

Embattled Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey is predicted to defiantly announce Monday that he’ll search re-election — lower than per week after being indicted on explosive corruption prices.

The 69-year-old Democrat issued an announcement Friday, the day of his Manhattan federal indictment, insisting, “I’m not going anyplace” — regardless of widespread calls together with from high officers in his personal get together to resign.

Monday’s anticipated press convention could be his first in-person look since he and his spouse had been charged with taking a whole bunch of 1000’s of {dollars} in bribes within the type of gold bars, a Mercedes-Benz convertible, money and even train machines and an air air purifier.

Menendez is predicted to announce his plans to run for workplace once more in 2024 — even when he must run outdoors the Democratic Social gathering, in line with the New Jersey Globe.

The longtime senator will converse in Hudson County, the place he grew up and launched his political profession almost 50 years in the past, nevertheless it stays unclear precisely when and the place he’ll seem, the outlet stated.

The senator reportedly requested to talk at Colin Powell Elementary Faculty in Hudson, the place he each grew up and served as mayor, however was turned away by college officers who stated they didn’t need him to trigger a distraction throughout a faculty day.

His workplace went as far as to ship out invites citing Colin Powell Elementary because the convention location earlier than being turned away, in line with studies.

Menendez didn’t reply to requests for remark from The Submit on Sunday.

Menendez isn’t anticipated to resign throughout a press convention Monday however will reportedly announce plans to hunt re-election in 2024.

A Mercedes C-class, gold bars, and piles of cash allegedly given to Menendez in bribes and found in his home by agents
A Mercedes C-class sedan, gold bars and piles of money had been allegedly given to Menendez as bribes and located in his dwelling by authorities.
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Each Menendez and his 59-year-old partner, Nadine Menendez are accused of taking the bribes in return for utilizing his affect to additional the pursuits of the Egyptian authorities and three rich businessmen.

Manhattan US Lawyer Damian Williams alleged Menendez used his “energy and affect” within the scheme and went as far as to push President Joe Biden to nominate a New Jersey US Lawyer Philip R. Selinger as a result of it was believed he may affect the legal prosecution of one of many businessmen.

Menendez, who has served within the Senate since 2006, staunchly defended himself towards the allegations after they had been unsealed.

“Those that imagine in justice imagine in innocence till confirmed responsible,” Menendez stated in his assertion.

“I intend to proceed to combat for the folks of New Jersey with the identical success I’ve had for the previous 5 many years. This is similar file of success these exact same leaders have lauded all alongside,” he stated.

Menedez and his wife Nadine were both charged with bribery by Manhattan US Attorney Damian Williams on Friday
Menedez and his spouse Nadine had been each charged with bribery by Manhattan US Lawyer Damian Williams on Friday.
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Menendez's New Jersey home, where federal agents raided in June 2022 and found stashes of cash and gold bars
Authorities stated they raided Sen. Menendez’s dwelling in June 2022 and located stashes of money and gold bars.
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He claimed requires his resignation had been racially motivated.

“It isn’t misplaced on me how shortly some are speeding to guage a Latino and push him out of his seat,” he stated.

Regardless of his vows to stay in workplace, Menendez did step other than his chairmanship of the Senate Overseas Relations Committee, Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer (D-NY) confirmed Friday. 

Menendez allegedly accepted about $566,000 in money bribes in addition to 13 gold bars price $150,000, a $60,000 Mercedes C-class sedan, a recliner, train machines and the air-purifier between 2018 and 2022

When federal brokers raided his dwelling in June 2022, they allegedly discovered giant quantities of money stashed all through the home.

The senator was beforehand indicted on corruption and bribery prices in 2017 however bought off after a deadlocked jury result in a mistrial.

In that case, he was allegedly given about $1 million in non-public jet flights, holidays and different items in return for securing visas for Florida ophthalmologist Dr. Salomon Melgen’s overseas girlfriends.

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