UPDATED: Reports say U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez may face corruption charge
HUDSON COUNTY – A report issued by CNN in the last few hours said that the U.S. Justice Department is allegedly preparing corruption charges against Democratic U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, a former mayor of Union City who now lives in Hoboken.
According to sources quoted by CNN, the Justice Department is preparing to bring criminal corruption charges against Menendez for allegedly helping promote the business interests of a Democratic donor in exchange for gifts.
The move apparently is prompted in part by statute of limitations that could keep the Justice Department from filing changes if the case is delayed.
The case allegedly involves Menendez relationship with Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist, and in part on plane trips Menendez took in 2010 to the Dominican Republic.
When the details emerged in 2013, Menendez reportedly paid back $58,000 to cover the costs of the trips, calling it an oversight.
Menendez, one of the most powerful Democrats in the nation, has not yet responded to the CNN report, and when contacted by the Reporter
just now, his staff said they are reviewing the details. – By Al Sullivan