HOBOKEN, New Jersey — Rep. Rob Menendez’s (D-NJ) name was his greatest political asset in his initial House bid. Now, as he seeks reelection for the first time, it may be his biggest liability.
Menendez, elected in 2022 to the Jersey City-area 8th Congressional District, hasn’t been accused of wrongdoing or committed other unforced errors in his first term. His father and namesake is a different matter.
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) was indicted, along with his wife, Nadine Arslanian, in late September.
“Between 2018 and 2022, Senator Menendez and his wife engaged in a corrupt relationship with Wael Hana, Jose Uribe, and Fred Daibes — three New Jersey businessmen who collectively paid hundreds of thousands of dollars of bribes, including cash, gold, a Mercedes Benz, and other things of value — in exchange for Senator Menendez agreeing to use