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Bob Menendez reveals his wife Nadine is battling breast cancer and will have a mastectomy

Nadine Menendez, the wife of New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez who faces charges along with her husband in a federal corruption case, is battling grade 3 breast cancer, the senator revealed Thursday.

Nadine Menendez, 57, will also have to undergo a mastectomy, the senator said in a statement.

“As a result of constant inquiries from the press and journalists who followed my wife, she asked me to reveal her state of health,” the statement begins.

“We are of course concerned by the severity and advanced stage of the disease,” he continued.

PHOTO: Nadine Menendez, wife of Senator Robert Menendez, and Abbe Lowell, lawyer for Senator Robert Menendez, left, leave federal court in New York, October 2, 2023.

Nadine Menendez, wife of Senator Robert Menendez, and Abbe Lowell, lawyer for Senator Robert Menendez, left, leave federal court in New York, October 2, 2023.

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Bob Menendez said his wife would require “follow-up surgery and possibly radiation.” He did not include further details about his condition.

“We hope and pray for the best results,” he added. “We ask the press and public to give her the time, space and privacy to deal with this difficult medical condition while she undergoes surgery and recovers.”

A federal grand jury in New York issued a sweeping indictment against Bob Menendez in September 2023 who accused him and his wife of having a corrupt relationship with three New Jersey businessmen.

New Jersey’s Democratic senator is accused of accepting cash, gold bars, luxury wristwatches and other perks from New Jersey businessmen in exchange for official favors for the benefit of New Jersey businessmen and governments. Egypt and Qatar.

Bob Menendez, 70, has denied any wrongdoing and called the accusation “overzealous.”

PHOTO: Senator Bob Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, and his wife Nadine Arslanian arrive at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, in New York, September 27, 2023.

Sen. Bob Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, and his wife Nadine Arslanian arrive at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in New York, September 27, 2023.

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Representatives for the senator and his wife previously said she suffered from an undisclosed health condition that prevented her from standing trial with Bob Menendez, whose trial began Wednesday.

Nadine Menendez awaits her federal trial on July 8. A lawyer who represented her previously told ABC News that she “denies any wrongdoing and will vigorously defend against these allegations in court.”

Bob Menendez, who faced additional federal indictments in October 2023 and January respectively, announced in March that he would not seek another term as a Democrat, but left open the possibility of running in November as an independent.

Another superseding indictment filed in March accused the senator and his wife with new charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice related to their alleged attempts to hide bribe payments when the couple became aware of the federal investigation in 2022.

On Wednesday, during opening arguments in his trial, Bob Menendez’s lawyer, Avi Weitzman, argued that the senator was unaware of his wife’s actions.

“The gold bars were found in a closet that is locked. That’s Nadine’s closet,” Weitzman said. “He didn’t know about the gold bars that existed in that closet.”

ABC News’ Aaron Katersky contributed to this report.

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