NJ Politics Digest: Judge Could Decide to Toss Menendez Charges

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U.S. District Judge William H. Walls is considering a motion to dismiss the corruption case against Sen. Bob Menendez and could make a decision when the trial resumes today.

Walls suggested last week that when the Supreme Court overturned a corruption conviction against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, the high court also nullified the “stream of benefits” theory of bribery used by the prosecution against Menendez. In a legal brief filed Saturday, prosecutors warned Walls that a ruling dismissing that theory would “broadly legalize pay-to-play politics.”

Another poll shows Democrat Phil Murphy with a double-digit lead over Republican Kim Guadagno in the governor’s race. Murphy is up by 18 points with less than a month to go until the election, according to a Stockton University poll. Murphy stumped with former Vice President Al Gore on Sunday, while Guadagno addressed a gun association luncheon. 

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NJ Politics Digest: Judge Could Decide to Toss Menendez Charges