Melgen arrives in U.S. District court; Menendez expected by 1pm

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is expected in U.S. District court today in Newark by 1 pm to face charges that he used his seat to illegally benefit a personal friend and wealthy campaign donor, Salomon Melgen.

The 68-page, 14-count federal indictment released yesterday lists the Democrat’s alleged crimes, including claims that he advocated for Melgen’s personal and business interests in exchange for travel and political and legal-defense contributions, as well as for failing to disclose gifts from the Florida eye doctor.

Melgen, who is also being charged in the case, has already arrived.

PolitickerNJ will be here all day with real-time updates on the hearing and any other action. Stay tuned.

Melgen arrives in U.S. District court; Menendez expected by 1pm