June 23, 2024

Sen. Bob Menendez and his wife Nadine Menendez are facing years in prison after being indicted for bribery. The senator, who has faced a myriad of criminal investigations over his tie in office, is accused of accepting gold bars and other gifts in exchange for providing help for a criminal case and to the Egyptian government. 

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One allegation centers around transferring “sensitive” government information to the Egyptians as part of a scheme to secure a contract for a New Jersey-based food producer. 

The DOJ has scheduled a press briefing to officially announce the charges at 11:00 AM eastern. Menendez currently chairs the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee. It seems unlikely he’d keep that position given the charges he’s facing. 

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As to the political ramifications, if Menendez resigns, the Democrat governor of New Jersey would choose a replacement. An election to fill the seat would then take place during the next available general election, which would be in 2024. Republicans came within a razor’s edge of winning the gubernatorial race in New Jersey in 2021 so you might see that seat targeted now in a serious way. 

This is a developing story.

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