I'm from Hudson County. Bayonne, NJ. I remember Menendez from way back, when he had his first office on Bergenline Ave in Union City.
Union City is two bus rides, aprox 1/2 hour away from where I lived.
Although many people like Menendez, we don't always agree with him.
He has some antiquated ideas like about Cuban relations. But considering his and many Cuban refugees experiences with Castro, that's quite understandable.
He doesn't see; it's either the US, or Russia who's going to be Cuba's friend.
Better it's the US. Besides this will certainly be good for Cubans in America; who up until now, couldn't go back to visit family.
As for Iran. Little but progressive steps, to bring them into the 21st Century. This deal is an excellent start.
Menendez must be; more than a little annoyed at the Dept of Justice. Going after him; for what is, essentially, very old news, in Hudson County (NJ).
Political scandal 08' by Ron Zeitlinger, The Jersey Journal, April 01 2015
44 Charged by U.S. in New Jersey Corruption Sweep by David Halbfinger, July 23 2009
The Jersey Sting by Ted Sherman and Josh Margolin, March 20 2015
Many innocent people; (politicians too), surrounded by lots of alleged crooks, who got caught.
Now these same crooks; as is, their way, are still lying and whining trying to make a deal.
Also; Jealousy is a real thing.
It's All About Politics. Someone, Wants To Get Rid Of Bob.
I know Bob Menendez, been following him for over 35 years.
He's A Democrat, A Liberal, And In His Own Way, " A Revolutionary".
We Love You Bob. We Know Your Innocent.
You are entitled to your own opinions just like any other Senator, without fear of prosecution for them. (this isn't Batista's, or communist cuba, just kidding).
I know why Cubans don't like Castro. I remember.
I remember the boat people. Brave people.
I remember how always; before Castro, Cuba, was a Paradise for Western crime and corruption.
So I understand Castro too, but have not heard good things about him previously. Maybe he wants to change his ways. It's a crazy world. Not my job to understand everything. That's why you politicians, get the big bucks.
We Love You Bob, your entitled to your opinion on Cuba and Iran. That's your vote. Doesn't bother me at all.
This is just some left over junk the Justice Department, has to clear up, their books on.
Also; Senator Menendez, not everyone, is going to love you.
They tried it on; with Pres Obama, they're trying it with Hilary.
You're Just too popular.
So now; they're trying it, on you.
People who know you; don't believe, none, of the lies they're trying to sell.
We were there!
Look At That Face. That Is Not, The Face Of A Crook!
Concerning The Indictment:
To break it down:
The indictment charged Menendez with 14 counts, including bribery, conspiracy, and making false statements.
I read the story before and it's full of holes.
Allegedly; Sen Menendez received bribes from Melgen.
ie A trip(s) on Melgen's private jet (no extra cost involved). What would Menendez declare. Had a good time, priceless?
Wow; three whole nights at a five-star Paris hotel!
A round of golf at a private club in West Palm Beach and access to an exclusive Dominican resort (again Meglen owned, no cost).
Supposedly; some of these gratuities, Menendez allegedly, didn't disclose on financial disclosure forms. Seriously. And it cost how much to bring this indictment to trial?
I don't see anything, to disclose. If there's no actual cost/what is the value?
A trip with a rich friend, visiting with them at their home, playing golf with a rich friend?
Is a politician not allowed to have a private life?
Menendez helped acquire visas for several of Melgen's girlfriends. Really, stretching it much?
That's all the JD's got.
Except; alleged, "influence peddling".
If Menendez wasn't so honest; I would be saying he sounds just like every politician, Democrat or Republican, I've ever heard of.
I read all about it, as it happened. I know my, NJ players.
So Sen Menendez, took a few calls from a donor, he had a friendly acquaintance with.
First; politicians; take political donations all the time. They also; help constituents, whether they know they personally or not.
In NJ, they have a pay for play law, to allow these kinds of donations. It looks like Melgen's donations were well within those limits too.
Second; whatever crimes Melgen may have committed without Sen Menendez's knowledge, have no bearing on this case, what so ever! That's another, of many falsehoods in this story.
Finally; Menendez only got indicted, because someone wanted to get him (not Obama administration. DOJ just happens to be operating under current President, but they are an entity to themselves. DOJ decides on indictments, has nothing to do with Pres Obama).
Questions were raised. The Department of Justice (DOJ), can't appear to be biased in anyone's favor. An indictment was issued and now Senator Menendez can clear his name.
Regardless of Iran and Cuba; just a few more reasons, why Senator Menendez may not be so popular with some people, politicians, whatever.