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Senator Bob Menendez. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

What do top legislative Democrats think about possible Menendez investigation? No comment

Menendez is reportedly under new federal investigation, five years after previous dismissal

By Joey Fox, October 27 2022 5:38 pm

Yesterday, Semafor and several other news outlets reported that U.S. Senator Bob Menendez – five years removed from the dismissal of previous corruption charges – is once again under federal investigation. But if top Democrats in the legislature have thoughts on the matter, they’re not sharing them just yet.

“No, I didn’t know anything about it,” Senate President Nick Scutari (D-Linden) said today when asked if he had any response to the news. “I have no comment.”

“I haven’t heard anything about that – you’re the first one to mention it to me,” Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D-Voorhees) said.

“I don’t have any response to it,” Assembly Budget Chair Eliana Pintor Marin (D-Newark) said. “Senator Menendez is such a beast in his own realm of things he’s been able to accomplish as a senator, so I wish him all the best. But I really don’t know any of the information.”

Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-Jersey City), a member of the same Hudson Democratic organization that facilitated Menendez’s rise to power, was more willing to defend the senator, though he also said he knew little about the case.

“I have no idea what the investigation’s about, but the senator is the pride and joy of Hudson County,” Mukherji said. “I’ve always known him to be totally above reproach… I know the senator, and he’s not a man that would violate any laws.”

Little is known so far about the potential new investigation into Menendez, who stood trial in 2017 on corruption charges that were eventually dismissed after the jury failed to reach a verdict. Semafor reported that the investigation involved a different group of people from the previous case; Menendez advisor Michael Soliman said yesterday only that Menendez knows the investigation exists.

“Senator Menendez is aware of an investigation that was reported on today,” Soliman said. “However, he does not know the scope of the investigation.”

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