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The Bobster
03-27-2018, 10:43 AM

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez to Kick Off Re-Election Campaign with Stop in South Jersey
By Associated Press
Published 2 hours ago

U.S. Sen. Bob "Pumpkinhead" Menendez is kicking off a campaign for a third term just two months after federal prosecutors dropped corruption charges against him.

The 64-year-old New Jersey Democrat will hold events Wednesday in his hometown of Union City, where he was once mayor, and in South Jersey.

He is holding a 2 p.m. rally inside the University Center atrium of Rowan College at Gloucester County in Sewell.

Menendez was charged in 2015 with trading his political influence for gifts and campaign donations from a friend. His trial ended in a hung jury last fall, and prosecutors decided in January not to retry him.

He still faces a Senate ethics probe.

Menendez had always said he intended to seek a third term, even when a second trial loomed. :mad:

Bob Hugin, a retired pharmaceutical executive with millions of his own money to spend, is seeking the GOP nomination in the May primary.

The Bobster
04-26-2018, 02:58 PM

Senate ethics panel scolds Menendez over gift scandal
By Bob Fredericks
April 26, 2018 | 5:14pm | Updated

The Senate Ethics Committee on Thursday formally admonished Democratic Sen. Bob 'Pumpkinhead" Menendez of New Jersey over his relationship with fat-cat pal and donor Dr. Salomon Melgen.

In a letter, the panel said Menendez “knowingly and repeatedly accepted gifts of significant value from Dr. Melgen without obtaining required Committee approval, and that you failed to publicly disclose certain gifts as required by Senate Rule and federal law,“ Politico reported.

Menendez had returned to his position as the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, a seat he surrendered after he was indicted on bribery and corruption charges in 2015.

The case against him ended in a mistrial in November after the jury deadlocked.

In January, the federal judge hearing the case threw out the most serious bribery charge against him, and a week later, the feds dropped the rest of the charges.

But Menendez fears his troubles are not over, and that Russia will target him in his bid for reelection in November. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

“I”m a great target for their next efforts,” Menendez said Thursday, NJ.com reported. :rolleyes:

“It’s well known that they are in the midst of engaging in our elections generally as we speak. :rolleyes: The whole system is under assault, as far as I’m concerned,” he said. :rolleyes:

“No one has pushed Russian sanctions harder than I have :rolleyes:,” Menendez said. “So if you can mess around with an election, why not?”

Menendez will face former Celgene Corp. executive Bob Hugin, and is a strong favorite to win a third term.