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Bob Menendez launches independent bid for re-election to New Jersey Senate seat

Indicted Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) turned over his campaign materials to state election officials Monday as he prepares to defend his New Jersey Senate seat as an independent.

“Today I submitted well above the threshold of signatures required to run for re-election,” the embattled New Jersey Democrat wrote in a Facebook post officially announcing his third-party candidacy as He is on trial for federal corruption.

“The people of this great state deserve a leader in Washington who has a proven track record of fighting tooth and nail to get results, and I intend to continue to do so as an independent Democrat,” he said. -he adds.

Menendez is currently on trial over allegations that he took bribes as a U.S. senator. P.A.

The Menendez for Senate campaign submitted 2,465 signatures to the New Jersey Division of Elections, far more than the 800 signatures needed for the ballot access petition.

“I hate to have to go down this path, because of overzealous prosecutors, but I will do what needs to be done to continue to uphold my oath of office for my constituents,” Menendez said.

The six-term senator also said he was confident he would be found not guilty at trial.

“Despite what is portrayed in the press, my innocence continues to be demonstrated in court,” he wrote. ” As I’ve already said ; I have not committed any crime. I am more confident than ever that the people of New Jersey and the rest of the American public will see me vindicated of what I have been accused of, and that I will be re-elected to the Senate again.

Menendez, 70, chose not to run in the June 4 Democratic primary, which is expected to be won by progressive Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ).

Polls showed that if Menendez was able to qualify, his support would narrow Kim’s margin over the Republican nominee in a three-way race.

Mendham Borough Mayor Christine Serrano Glassner and real estate developer Curtis Bashaw are among the Republican candidates vying for the nomination in Tuesday’s primary.

Menendez said he would run for office as an “independent Democrat.” Menendez for New Jersey
Menendez is accused of accepting bribes of more than $600,000 in cash and gold bars in exchange for favors given to three wealthy New Jersey businessmen. P.A.

Menendez is currently on trial in Manhattan federal court for allegedly accepting bribes of more than $600,000 in cash and gold bars in exchange for favors given to three wealthy New Jersey businessmen.

He was also accused of acting as a foreign agent while serving in a senior position on the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, from which he has since resigned, in favor of the Egyptian and Qatari governments.

Menendez has pleaded not guilty to the charges and claimed he was innocent, and his lawyers tried to claim that his wife and co-defendant Nadine had inherited the gold bars from her Lebanese family and hid them at the couple’s home at her unknowingly.

“I look forward to putting these accusations behind me and getting back to work for my constituents,” Menendez said Monday.

New York Post

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