Senator says he met with doctor about Medicare issue at Menendez’s request

NEWARK — Tom Harkin, the former U.S. senator from Iowa, told a federal prosecutor Wednesday that he met with Salomon Melgen, a wealthy Florida ophthalmologist, as U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez was lobbying for the resolution of the doctor’s multi-million dollar Medicare billing dispute. Harkin, who previously chaired the Senate committee overseeing the Department of Health and…