'Not going anywhere': Menendez defies calls for resignation

September 24, 2023

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez (D) and his wife were indicted Friday on bribery charges, but Menendez has refused to resign, even though some in his own party are calling for him to do so.

"Those who believe in justice believe in innocence until proven guilty. I intend to continue to fight for the people of New Jersey with the same success I've had for the past five decades," he said in a statement.

"This is the same record of success these very same leaders have lauded all along. It is not lost on me how quickly some are rushing to judge a Latino and push him out of his seat. I am not going anywhere," he added.

The charges against him have nothing to do with being a Latino, but it seems like he will play for any favor or sympathy he can get.

The bribery charges involve three New Jersey businessmen, but they are not the first ethical complaints against Menendez. He faced similar charges a decade ago but beat them, so he is no doubt emboldened now.

The Democrats calling for his resignation include Gov. Phil Murphy (D-NJ), Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ), Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ), Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), Democratic state Chairman LeRoy Jones, Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) and former Attorney General Eric Holder.

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