Indicted Menendez will not seek Senate reelection as Democrat but teases independent bid

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) announced Thursday he will not run for reelection in the Democratic primary for his Senate seat but hopes an “exoneration” of his legal troubles would allow him to launch an independent bid in June.

“I am hopeful that my exoneration will take place this summer and allow me to pursue my candidacy as an independent Democrat in the general election,” Menendez said in a nine-minute video.

“I know many of you are hurt and disappointed in me with the accusations I’m facing. Believe me, I’m disappointed in the false accusations as well. All I can ask of you is to withhold judgment until justice takes place,” he added in the video. 

The senator touted his accomplishments during his Senate career, which began in 2006. He then mentions the federal indictment, which
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