Disgraced Menendez Seeks Another Term To Embarrass New Jersey

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March 28, 2018 | Press Release

NJ Deserves More Than a Senator Who Tries to Evade the Law

UNION COUNTY, NJ –After 25 corrupt and ineffective years in Washington, disgraced Senator Bob Menendez today announced that he is seeking reelection. The question hardworking New Jerseyans need to ask themselves…“Is this the best we can do?”

“Corrupt career politician Bob Menendez has failed New Jersey for decades – we rank 50 out of 50 in what our taxpayers get back from Washington for the dollars we send there. Unfortunately, instead of doing his job serving the people of our state, Senator Menendez has been serving himself. Menendez accepted lavish gifts from a friend and wealthy campaign donor, and tried to stop a federal investigation by President Obama’s Justice Department into a Medicare fraud scheme being run by that friend, Dr. Salomon Melgen, who was later convicted and sentenced to 17 years for 67 felonies. What Senator Menendez calls an act of friendship with Melgen, we call corruption,” said Hugin Communications Director Megan Piwowar.

Senator Menendez narrowly dodged a prison term and an orange jumpsuit, and Menendez still faces an investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee where his exploits will embarrass New Jersey all over again. Instead of taking the advice of The New York Times and The Star Ledger to resign, Menendez again put his own interests ahead of the people he is supposed to represent.

“New Jersey deserves a Senator as good as its people, not one trying to stay one step ahead of the law,” said Piwowar.  “This campaign will come down to the story of two Bobs. We’re confident that New Jersey voters will say enough with Menendez’s failed, corrupt track record, and elect a Senator we can be proud of again, former Marine and business leader Bob Hugin who created thousands of New Jersey jobs,” said Piwowar.

BACKGROUND

  • SEN. MENENDEZ ADMITTED HE ACCEPTED EXPENSIVE GIFTS, INCLUDING LAVISH VACATIONS, FROM CONVICTED FELON, DR. MELGEN.
  • THE NEW YORK TIMES AND STAR LEDGER CALLED FOR SENATOR MENENDEZ TO RESIGN.
  • SENATOR MENENDEZ HAS RACKED UP MORE THAN A DECADE OF SUBPOENAS
  • UNDER SENATOR MENENDEZ NEW JERSEY IS BIGGEST LOSER — RANKS 50 OUT OF 50 IN MONEY SENT TO WASHINGTON THAT COMES BACK TO THE STATE

MENENDEZ ADMITTED HE ACCEPTED EXPENSIVE GIFTS, INCLUDING LAVISH VACATIONS, FROM CONVICTED FELON

ACCORDING TO THE INDICTMENT, SENATOR MENENDEZ WAS ACCUSED OF ACCEPTING PRIVATE PLANE FIGHTS AND OTHER GIFTS FROM MELGEN IN EXCHANGE FOR MENENDEZ’S ASSISTANCE. “In exchange, the former chair of the senate foreign relations committee is accused of accepting several private plane flights to a Caribbean resort, other gifts such as a luxury Paris hotel stay and a bounty of campaign donations, according to the indictment. The physician, who was also indicted, even contributed $40,000 to the politician’s legal defense fund involving a recall issue.” (Jay Weaver, “Sen. Robert Menendez, South Florida Eye Doctor Indicted In Federal Corruption Case; Corruption,” The Miami Herald4/1/15)

SEN. MENENDEZ VIOLATED SENATE ETHICS RULES BY FAILING TO REPORT OR PAY FOR TRIPS ON MELGEN’S PRIVATE PLANE OVER A PERIOD OF SEVERAL YEARS. “He conceded he had not paid for or properly reported four flights (two round-trips) on Melgen’s private jet and wrote a check to belatedly comply with Senate ethics rules. A year later, his campaign reimbursed Melgen for a third trip. Both times Menendez aides assured reporters that these were oversights and that the senator’s travel had been thoroughly reviewed. But a federal indictment charging Menendez with corruption has revealed free flights the senator never disclosed or paid for – nine others for him, sometimes with a guest – in apparent violation of Senate ethics rules.” (Jonathan Tamari, “Failure To Report Free Trips May Be Used As Evidence Against Menendez, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 4/12/15)

THE NEW YORK TIMES AND THE STAR-LEDGER CALLED FOR MENENDEZ TO RESIGN

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 Times4/2/15)

THE 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 Ledger4/1/15)

SENATOR MENENDEZ HAS RACKED UP MORE THAN A DECADE OF SUBPOENAS

AFTER MENENDEZ WON RE-ELECTION, FEDERAL INVESTIGATORS ISSUED NEW SUBPOENAS SEEKING DOCUMENTS RELATED TO RENT MENENDEZ COLLECTED FROM NHCAC. “Federal investigators have resumed their inquiry into a rental deal between U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and a nonprofit agency, issuing new subpoenas in the days after he was elected to a full six-year term, according to a government source. The subpoenas sought documents related to the more than $300,000 in rent Menendez collected from the North Hudson Community Action Corp. between 1994 and 2003, the source said. It was unclear what records were sought or who was subpoenaed. ‘More are coming,’ said the source, who declined to be named because of the sensitive nature of the investigation.” (John P. Martin and Jeff Whelan, “More U.S. Subpoenas In Menendez Probe,” The Star Ledger, 11/11/06)

THE MENENDEZ CAMPAIGN MAINTAINED THEY ARE NOT UNDER INVESTIGATION. “Miller maintained again yesterday that the senator is not under investigation. He said Elias contacted the U.S. Attorney’s Office in September and was told federal authorities did not need any information from the senator and that Menendez ‘had no status in any investigation’ as a target or a subject.” (John P. Martin and Jeff Whelan, “More U.S. Subpoenas In Menendez Probe,” The Star Ledger, 11/11/06)

IN 2012, JOSEPH BIGICA PLED GUILTY TO USING STRAW DONORS TO FUNNEL NEARLY $100,000 TO MENENDEZ BETWEEN APRIL 2005 AND MAY 2009. “Bigica admitted that between April 2005 and May 2009, he conspired to make approximately $98,600 in illegal contributions to the campaign committee of an unnamed federal candidate. Officials did not identify the candidate, but campaign finance records show the donations went to Menendez.” (Ted Sherman and Matt Friedman, “Leading N.J. Donor To Sen. Menendez Pleads Guilty To Making Nearly $100K In Illegal Contributions, The Star-Ledger,5/9/12)

UNDER MENENDEZ NEW JERSEY IS BIGGEST LOSER WHEN IT COMES TO TAXES AND SPENDING

UNDER MENENDEZ, NEW JERSEY IS 50 OUT OF 50. “The biggest losers when it comes to taxes and spending are New Jersey, Wyoming and Connecticut. New Jersey gets back just 77 cents for every dollar it pays, while Wyoming gets back 81 cents and Connecticut gets 83 cents.” (“Tax Day 2017: Which State Sends Most Taxes to D.C.?”, The Associated Press, 4/16/17)

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