Unsurprisingly, Save Jerseyans, the two respective sides of the political aisle are reacting very differently to today’s mistrial declaration in the Bob Menendez federal corruption trial.
Governor-elect Phil Murphy (D-NJ), who refused to directly address his party’s senior senator’s situation during the recent gubernatorial campaign and up until this morning, endorsed Menendez’s reelection on Thursday afternoon in a statement released by his team.
“Senator Menendez is a strong voice for New Jersey… Should he decided to seek reelection, he will have my full support,” said Murphy.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on the other hand called for an immediate ethics investigation.
Senator Menendez “is one of only twelve U.S. Senators to have been indicted in our history. His trial shed light on serious accusations of violating the public’s trust as an elected official, as well as potential violations of the Senate’s Code of Conduct,” McConnell said in his statement. “Because of the seriousness of these charges, I am calling on the Senate Ethics committee to immediately investigate Senator Menendez’s actions which led to his indictment.”