Morning News Digest: April 2nd

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Menendez: ‘I’m outraged’

In an appearance this evening in the Newark Hilton, an embattled but defiant and self-proclaimed outraged U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) reacted to the 14-count indictment brought against him by the feds, the culmination of weeks of nail-biting amid rumors of New Jersey’s senior senator jammed up at the end of an ironic political life’s arc.

Menendez refused to accept that this is the end, insisting on a well-funded defense as his starting point to public vindication. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Menendez: ‘I’m outraged’ | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Menendez rejection of federal corruption charges turns into raucous rally as crowd ponders senator’s fate

NEWARK – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) was immediately backed up bilingually as he stepped to the podium at the Newark Hilton to lash out at the 14-count federal corruption indictment filed against him on Wednesday.

“Viva Cuba Libre!” yelled a crew of Cuban anti-Communist exiles from West New York and Union City, Menendez’s Havana on the Hudson hometown, jammed in next to TV news crews in the packed room. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

Menendez rejection of federal corruption charges turns into raucous rally as crowd ponders senator’s fate | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

How a damaged Menendez impacts Clinton’s 2016 prospects

From a 2016 perspective, U.S. Senator Menendez (D-N.J.) wounded boomerangs beyond the boundaries of New Jersey politics and onto Hillary Clinton and her presidential prospects. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

How a damaged Menendez impacts Clinton’s 2016 prospects

 

 

Kyrillos says Menendez needs ‘to think long and hard’ about continuing as Senator

Defeated by U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) in 2012, state Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) this evening questioned Menendez’s fitness for office in the aftermath of a federal indictment.

“This is another sad chapter for New Jersey and America,” said Kyrillos. And, after reading the indictment, it’s very interesting to see how money found its way into New Jersey for the 2012 campaign. Senator Menendez needs to think long and hard about whether he can be an effective Senator while simultaneously fighting serious federal charges.” (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Kyrillos says Menendez needs ‘to think long and hard’ about continuing as Senator | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Menendez indictment: WNY Mayor Roque, rival Wiley react

WEST NEW YORK – The news that U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) has been indicted on federal corruption charges led to a moment of reflection from two major political players from West New York, just next door to Menendez’s Hudson County hometown of Union City.

“I talk to people on the streets, and they’re saying the same thing – they’re taking our superhero away,” said West New York Mayor Felix Roque on Wednesday after the news broke. “It’s sad, but this isn’t over.” (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

Menendez indictment: WNY Mayor Roque, rival Wiley react | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Menendez camp says indictment another DOJ leak

A spokesman for U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) says the federal indictment that dropped today was another leak from the Department of Justice, and that neither the senator nor his attorneys had received a copy before it was first reported.

Menendez was charged moments ago in a two-year federal corruption case concerning his relationship with Florida eye doctor and personal friend Salomon Melgen. He faces conspiracy to commit bribery and wire fraud, and is accused of improperly advocating for the business interests of Melgen, including by intervening on the doctor’s behalf in a medical billing dispute. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)

Menendez camp says indictment another DOJ leak | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

An Evening at Rebovich: Could Fulop put aside the BlackBerry?

RIDER UNIVERSITY -He put aside all April Fools jokes, but the big question coming in to the Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics was whether Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop could put aside his BlackBerry long enough to personally interact with young people. (Swain/PolitickerNJ)

http://politickernj.com/2015/04/an-evening-at-rebovich-could-fulop-put-aside-the-blackberry/

 

 

DiVincenzo backs Menendez

Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo released a strong statement of support for U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), who was indicted this afternoon on federal corruption charges.

“I’ve had the opportunity to see first-hand the benefits of the work Bob Menendez has done on behalf of all New Jerseyans,” DiVIncenzo said in a statement. “Whether it was his work to pass legislation to help families or to provide funding to ease the strain on municipal and county budgets, he’s always fought for us.” (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

DiVincenzo backs Menendez | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Fulop: Menendez entitled to presumption of innocence

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop stood by the side of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) following the news this afternoon of Menendez’s indictment on federal corruption charges.

“I’ll express the same sentiments that I conveyed when we learned of a suspicious leak that started this conversation – anyone who makes an assumption that discounts Bob Menendez is underestimating the Senator, as he has proven to be a remarkable fighter on behalf of the residents of New Jersey, tackling international policy issues,” said Fulop. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Fulop: Menendez entitled to presumption of innocence | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

What would Bill Musto do?

On the day after a federal court sentenced Bill Musto and The Jersey Journal ran a front page, bold headline story detailing his fate, voters reinstalled the mayor by a wide margin over his challenger, Bob Menendez.

This is the real jury,” the defiant mayor (pictured at right in a New York Times file photo) proclaimed to a crowd before heading off to do three years in a federal penitentiary. (Pizarrro/PolitickerNJ)

What would Bill Musto do? | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Sights Set On New Hampshire, Chris Christie Looks For 2016 Reboot At Home

BOCA RATON, Fla.—New Jersey Governor Chris Christie built his political brand around telling the tough truths—be they about teacher-­pension overruns, budget deficits or rebuilding hurricane-battered towns. And he is banking on that reputation to vault him from the statehouse to the White House. “We want folks as our nominee who are going to tell the truth,” he told a March gathering of top Republican Party donors at a waterside Boca Raton resort. (Miller/TIME)

http://time.com/3768085/chris-christie-new-hampshire/

 

 

Don’t blame Menendez. Blame New Jersey

New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez’s indictment on Wednesday means he could be the first U.S. senator convicted of corruption charges since, well, another New Jersey senator a generation ago.

When Garden State Senator Harrison “Pete” Williams, Jr. was convicted in 1981 on nine counts of bribery for his role in the ABSCAM scandal—a gonzo sting operation that had phony sheiks passing cash to members of Congress while the FBI listened in—he had been serving in the U.S. Senate since 1959 and was a lock to be a senator for life. It was no minor scandal, nor was it a minor scheme. “I’ve got larceny in my blood,” said one of Williams’ conspirators. (Smith and Murphy)

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/04/robert-menendez-corruption-new-jersey-116602.html#ixzz3W9RubJ9K

 

 

Feds face hurdles to prove Menendez’s favors went beyond friendship

Federal prosecutors face many hurdles in making their corruption case against Sen. Bob Menendez, indicted Wednesday on charges of accepting close to $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions to benefit a wealthy Florida donor and friend, said several white-collar defense experts. (Layton/The Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/feds-face-hurdles-to-prove-menendez-s-favors-went-beyond-friendship-1.1300543

 

 

Menendez joins small club of senators indicted in office

In its rich history of public corruption, New Jersey has had scores of mayors, council members, freeholders and state legislators charged with crimes.

It has even had a handful of congressmen who have been indicted while serving on Capitol Hill.

But until Wednesday, only one U.S. Senator from New Jersey — Harrison “Pete” Williams — had ever faced criminal prosecution. (Fallon/The Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/menendez-joins-small-club-of-senators-indicted-in-office-1.1300439

 

 

Christie defends Indiana governor on religious objection law

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie has broken with some other potential 2016 Republican presidential contenders over an Indiana law that gives heightened protections to businesses or people objecting to providing certain services on religious grounds. (Associated Press)

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/ap/new_jersey/christie-defends-indiana-governor-on-religious-objection-law/article_7e736040-d2b8-5815-aa1b-5b2e96da20a8.html

 

 

A.C. planners OK redevelopment plan for Stockton’s Island Campus

The Atlantic City Planning Board on Wednesday approved a redevelopment plan that could help Stockton University locate its Island Campus at the former Showboat Casino. (D’Amico/Press of Atlantic City)

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/communities/atlantic-city_pleasantville_brigantine/a-c-planners-ok-redevelopment-plan-for-stockton-s-island/article_cdd0bea0-d8ca-11e4-990c-674da98ad997.html

 

 

CNN: Menendez stepping down from leadership position

Facing a federal indictment on corruption charges, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) will temporarily step down as the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, according to a report on CNN. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

CNN: Menendez stepping down from leadership position | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Read the feds’ indictment against Menendez

The 68-page, 14-count federal indictment against U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) can be read here.

Menendez, a U.S. Senator, and Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist, were indicted today in connection with a bribery scheme in which Menendez allegedly accepted gifts from Melgen in exchange for using the power of his Senate office to benefit Melgen’s financial and personal interests, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Special Agent in Charge Richard M. Frankel of the FBI’s Newark, New Jersey, Division. (PolitickerNJ)

Read the feds’ indictment against Menendez | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Former defense contractor pleads guilty to exporting military data to India

The former owner of two New Jersey defense contracting businesses today admitted that she conspired to send sensitive military technical data to India, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Former defense contractor pleads guilty to exporting military data to India

 

 

LD31 Drama: Now Mainor out

Those dreaming of a Hudson Democratic Primary: forget it. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

LD31 Drama: now Mainor out

Morning News Digest: April 2nd