After seeing a hung jury result in Sen. Bob Menendez’s (D) bribery trial, the US Justice Department announced that they will still push forward with further court proceedings. The timing of this latest legal battle is unclear, but it would almost assuredly not come before the Democratic primary on June 5th. It could, however, be scheduled before the general election, and in the middle of prime campaign time. Speculation is building that the Senator might be forced to resign, but that seems much less likely since he’s already come close to beating the charges. In the meantime, wealthy Republican pharmaceutical CEO Bob Hugin is moving closer toward entering the race giving the GOP what appears to be a viable candidacy.
The latest legal development brings a new twist to what was thought to be a safe post-trial re-election run for Sen. Menendez.
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