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Emotional Sen. Menendez after mistrial judge declares speaks
The democratic senator from New Jersey, thanks to his family, supporters, his legal team and the jury following mistrial in the corruption trial.
New Jersey Democratic legislators, Sen. Bob Menendez, was brought up on bribery and corruption charges in the last year, launched his campaign for re-election on Wednesday in front of a cheering crowd in Union City High School.
“I’m here because I need your voice,” Menendez said am, a gymnasium full of cheering high school students and democratic legislators.
The senator came out swinging against President Trump, calling the commander in chief on immigration and health care.
“(Trump’s) at the health care, the environment is getting more and more expensive, and protection are currently being gutted, and the rights of women are under attack,” Menendez.
He added that he would distract to fight for New Jersey residents against a President, “which divides us, but the delivery is not for us.”
Menendez’s Republican rival Bob Hugin – a political newcomer who used to be a pharmaceutical company Celgene.
Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy praised Menendez as the state is “indispensable to a senator” for his work on storm-recovery after Superstorm Sandy, as well as securing Federal funding for a new Hudson River rail tunnel.
Fellow Democratic sen. Cory Booker was the only one to refer to at the hand of Menendez’s recent problems with the law.
“If he is to kick a lion when it’s down, you better be careful when he stands up,” Booker said.
At the end of January, prosecutors said they would not charges to repeat Menendez on bribery and corruption. Earlier this month, prosecutors said, to repeat that you had intended, Menendez, after a Federal judge declared a mistrial in November.
The mistrial was seen as a great victory for Menendez, and a blow to the justice Department, to go to their work, after politicians have been in the last few years so successfully.
Outside the courthouse after the mistrial, an emotional Menendez made it clear that he does not for political revenge.
“Certain elements of the FBI and the state can’t stand, or to accept worse, that the Latino boy from Union City and Hudson County could grow up to be a United States senator and to be honest,” said the 63-year-old son of Cuban immigrants.
The mistrial brought an inconclusive end to the two-and-a-half-month trial.
Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has been investigating the ethics Committee, Menendez for possible violations of the trust of the public and the Senate code of conduct.
The case against Menendez was the first time in almost a decade that a sitting faced the end of a US senator, a Federal bribery indictment.
According to the criminal complaint, Menendez wheels for Salomon greased Melgen, a Florida eye doctor.
Among other things, Menendez was accused of helping to procure Visa for several Melgen ‘ s girlfriends, as well as lobby the State Department on its behalf a $500 million port security contract in the Dominican Republic.
Melgen, which paid for private jets, hotel rooms, and fork over almost $ 75,000 in campaign contributions to Menendez.
The defense argued that the gifts not bribes, but a sign of friendship between the two men are “like brothers.”
In Menendez’s attorney, Abbe Lowell’s closing argument, he used the words “friend”, “friends” or “friendship” more than 80 times.