The stakes couldn’t be higher as New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez’s corruption trial begins today, Save Jerseyans, the first such trial for a sitting U.S. senator in almost four decades.

It’s also yet another black mark for a Garden State political culture that can’t seem to go more than a year (or less) without a major political scandal at the highest levels of government.

Menendez arrived at the courthouse earlier this morning for opening arguments:

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