NJ Sen. Cory Booker calls on Menendez to resign over bribery charges
New Jersey’s junior Senator Cory Booker, D, just called on his senior Senator Robert Menendez, D, to step down in the wake of an indictment on bribery and corruption charges. Booker said he found the allegations to be specific and disturbing and that stepping down is what’s best for the people of New Jersey.
“Stepping down is not an admission of guilt but an acknowledgment that holding public office often demands tremendous sacrifices at great personal cost,” Booker said in a statement. “Senator Menendez has made these sacrifices in the past to serve. And in this case he must do so again. I believe stepping down is best for those Senator Menendez has spent his life serving.”
“As Senator Menendez prepares to mount his legal defense, he has stated that he will not resign. Senator Menendez fiercely asserts his innocence and it is therefore understandable that he believes stepping down is patently unfair. But I believe this is a mistake,” the statement said.
This adds to a growing list of New Jersey Democrats who are calling for Menendez to step down, including Gov. Phil Murphy and Rep. Andy Kim who said he’s going to challenge Melendez for his seat in the 2024 election.
There are at least seven other Senate Democrats who want Menendez to resign including: John Tester, Mont., Tammy Baldwin, Wis., John Fetterman, Pa., Bob Casey, Pa., Sherrod Brown, Ohio, and Jacky Rosen, Nev.
Menendez is accused of receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in the form of cash, gold bars and a Mercedes, in exchange for helping his friends with criminal investigations and prosecutions and for passing sensitive US government information to the government of Egypt.