Thursday, April 2, 2015

Sen. Menendez--and supporters--react to his indictment

Senator Robert Menendez - Julio Cortez -Associated Press

Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) arrives at news conference Wednesday in Newark. Photo: Julio Cortez (AP)

Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey was indicted on bribery charges on Wednesday in what prosecutors said was a scheme to trade political favors for luxury vacations, golf outings, campaign donations and expensive flights.

The New York Times reported:


“The indictment, the first federal bribery charges against a sitting senator in a generation, puts Mr. Menendez’s political future in jeopardy. He faces a possible sentence of 15 years in prison for each of the eight bribery counts.

“Mr. Menendez, a Democrat, angrily denied wrongdoing and
vowed to fight the charges. “This is not how my career is going to end,” he said at a news conference in Newark, where supporters cheered him. “Today contradicts my public service career and my entire life.”

NJTV News anchor
Mary Alice Williams and chief political correspondent Michael Aron reported the story (below) of the senator's news conference in Newark following the announcement of his indictment.

The event was attended by a number of Cuban-American supporters from Hudson County and Sandy storm victims from the Jersey Shore residents who appreciated help provided by Menendez in dealing with the Federal


NJTV News correspondent David Cruz picks up the coverage with a look at the senator's political background.

Related news coverage:
Senator Robert Menendez Indicted on Corruption Charges - New York Times
Sen.Robert Menendez Indictment A Blow to Latino Political Influence – NBC
Justice Department Indicts Sen. Robert Menendez On Corruption - KCBX
Menendez indictment: WNY Mayor Roque, rival Wiley react - PolitickerNJ
The Salacious Details Of Robert Menendez's Indictment -
Editorials call on Sen. Menendez to resign - USA TODAY

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