NJ Politics Digest: Excused Juror Says Menendez is Not Guilty

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A juror dismissed from Sen. Bob Menendez’s corruption trial said the senator should be acquitted of all charges because he didn’t do anything wrong.

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Evelyn Arroyo-Maultsby, who was excused from the jury because of a planned vacation, told reporters Thursday that she thought the actions Menendez took to help his top donor stemmed from a close friendship, not an illegal bribery agreement. She alluded to the possibility of a hung jury, saying several jurors agreed with her about the senator’s innocence.

Governor-elect Phil Murphy announced that Sheila Oliver, who will be New Jersey’s next lieutenant governor, will also lead the Department of Community Affairs. Murphy also met with Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday to discuss “transition stuff,” but he didn’t give reporters any details.

And it’s finally official: Craig Coughlin will be the Assembly speaker when a new Legislature returns in January. Current Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto conceded the speakership and formally endorsed Coughlin.

Quote of the Day: “I don’t think he did anything wrong.” — Evelyn Arroyo-Maultsby, a dismissed juror for Sen. Bob Menendez’s corruption trial.

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NJ Politics Digest: Excused Juror Says Menendez is Not Guilty