Defiant Menendez doubles down against resignation calls

Source: Politico | September 25, 2023 | Daniel Han

A tranche of influential state Democrats have publicly called for Menendez’s resignation after the indictment was unsealed Friday.

UNION CITY, N.J. — A defiant Sen. Bob Menendez on Monday doubled down that that he will not resign under the cloud of a damning federal bribery indictment and a state party apparatus that has largely abandoned him.

The remarks were made in Union City, Menendez’s hometown where he started his political career as a school board member in the 1970s and eventually became mayor. Menendez said “this will be the biggest fight yet” for him, although he doubled down on his innocence. He did not take questions.

“The allegations leveled against me are just that — allegations,” he said from Hudson County College. He added, “I firmly believe that when all the facts are presented, not only will I be exonerated, but I will still be New Jersey’s senior senator.”


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