NJ Politics Digest: The Effort to Hide Melgen Jet’s Flight Records

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Just hours after the FBI raided Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen’s office in 2013, his son-in-law sought to block the public from tracking Melgen’s jet, which Sen. Bob Menendez had used several times to travel to Florida and the Dominican Republic, according to reports.

Prosecutors in Menendez’s corruption trial on Monday revealed that effort to hide data about Melgen’s airplane, arguing it showed a “consciousness of guilt,” according to The Record. The feds also delved into the details of the luxury resorts where the senator stayed thanks to Melgen, his top donor. It turns the Casa De Campo breeds the pheasants hunted by its guests.

On the campaign trial, Democrat Phil Murphy repeated his pledged to make community college tuition fee, but flubbed the details on what the proposal would actually cost. Republican Kim Guadagno, meanwhile, said she “cannot wait” to debate Murphy on taxes, though she’s likely less excited to talk about her time as Gov. Chris Christie’s lieutenant governor.

Quote of the Day: “I’m sick and tired of listening to this.” — U.S. District Court Judge William H. Walls after hearing a lot of details about the Casa De Campo resort.

Fundraiser news: Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto is raising money this week for the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee, a top fundraising committee that Prieto took direct control over in May when the plan to oust him as speaker first emerged. He’s hosting a fundraiser Wednesday at Nanina’s in the Park in Belleville and is asking donors to give $10,000, $5,000, $2,500 or $1,000, according to an invitation obtained by Observer. Meanwhile, Prieto’s rival for the speakership, Assemblyman Craig Coughlin, said his Monday fundraiser for Democrats running in battleground districts pulled in more than $350,000.

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