NJ Politics Digest: Menendez Faces Court-or-Senate Dilemma

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Sen. Bob Menendez says his constitutional rights are at stake as he seeks to delay his upcoming corruption trial on days when the U.S. Senate holds key votes. Menendez, who is charged with accepting bribes from his top donor, said he has a right to be both at his trial and on the Senate floor to cast votes.

Kim Guadagno, the Republican nominee for governor, dodged a few questions about Assemblyman Parker Space (R-Sussex) posing in in front of a Confederate flag for a picture posted on Facebook. She said she hadn’t seen the photo. Phil Murphy, the Democratic nominee, criticized her for not condemning Space.

And Gov. Chris Christie doesn’t think he will become Senator Christie. The governor said he probably wouldn’t appoint himself to the U.S. Senate if Menendez was forced to give up his seat after his trial.

Quote of the Day: “It’s offensive if it stands for what it purports to stand for, but I haven’t seen it yet.” — Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno on a picture of a Confederate flag. 

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NJ Politics Digest: Menendez Faces Court-or-Senate Dilemma