In the closing hours of Election 2012, the Daily Caller published salacious allegations concerning U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and purportedly stiffed Dominican prostitutes (which is absolutely priceless if true). Joe Kyrillos called for the release of Menendez’s flight records but was met with deafening silence by Menendez’s office.
And the Press. Shocker.
But now the race is over, all ballots have been cast, and the Free Beacon has its hands on flight records which, according to at least one New Jersey Republican legislator (Sam Thompson), could give rise to ethical issues:
Senate rules allow members to accept travel and lodging from private parties for official business-related activity as long as it is approved by the Senate Ethics Committee.
Senators may also accept private “gifts” of travel and lodging. However, they must obtain written approval for all gifts exceeding $250 in value and disclose them on annual financial reports.
Menendez’s disclosure reports between 2010 and 2012 contain no mention of the flights in question or any lodging, indicating that he did not receive committee approval for a personal gift exemption.
“Under any analysis, there is reason to believe that Senator Menendez has accepted a prohibited gift of private air travel,” the GOP ethics complaint states.
Click here to view the “Bob Menendez Flight Tracker” and draw your own conclusions. You can’t rely on Senator Menendez’s account, Save Jerseyans. He’s still refusing to share it with the public.