Menendez announces he isn’t running for reelection

by ian


Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, known by critics as Gold Bar Bob, announced yesterday that he will not run for reelection this year, though he’s leaving the door open for an independent run later.

The New Jersey senator was charged last year with taking bribes and acting as a foreign agent for the Egyptian government. And earlier this month, Menendez was slapped with a new indictment charging him with obstruction of justice.

He is claiming innocence in both cases and says the rhetoric surrounding these indictments is preventing him from fairly campaigning. Recent New Jersey polls show him with single-digit support.

His trial is scheduled for early May.