NJ Politics Digest: Menendez Jury Won’t Hear Prostitution ‘Smears’

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Discredited claims that Sen. Bob Menendez hung out with prostitutes in the Dominican Republic won’t be discussed in front of the jury during the senator’s corruption trial, a judge decided Tuesday.

Judge William H. Walls forbid attorneys from talking about the “smears” that came from right-wing media and were never supported by any evidence. Walls said the claims were irrelevant and could poison the jury about the bribery allegations Menendez is currently facing.

Republican Assemblyman Parker Space called one of his Democratic opponents a “bitch,” according to a recording obtained by Politico. Space (R-Sussex) was already in hot water for posing for a picture with a Confederate flag and posting it on social media.

And former President Barack Obama could be coming to New Jersey to campaign with Phil Murphy, the Democratic nominee for governor. Murphy’s campaign confirmed an event with Obama is in the works.

Quote of the Day: “Kate’s a bitch” — Assemblyman Parker Space referring to his Democratic opponent, Kate Matteson.

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NJ Politics Digest: Menendez Jury Won’t Hear Prostitution ‘Smears’