New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez Files to Run as Independent – EVOL

Mr. Menendez and his wife are at the center of an ongoing bribery case.

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) filed nominating signature papers on June 3 to seek another term in the Senate, this time as an independent. The deadline for submitting signatures is June 4.

The New Jersey Division of Elections website shows that Mr. Menendez turned in 2,465 signatures. Independent Senate candidates need just 800 valid signatures to be placed on the ballot.

In March, Mr. Menendez announced that he would not enter the Democratic primary but would consider running as an independent.

He was appointed to his seat in 2006 to fill the term of Jon Corzine, who resigned after being elected Governor of New Jersey.

Mr. Menendez, 70, and his wife, Nadine Menendez, 56, are at the center of an ongoing bribery case. Mr. Menendez, who has pleaded not guilty, is currently on trial, and Ms. Menendez’s trial starts in July.

According to the Department of Justice, between 2018 and 2022, the Menendezes 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



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