‘NJ Deserves Better’: Dem Rep Says He’ll Challenge Sen. Bob Menendez In 2024 After Indictment, Calls For Resignation

Democratic New Jersey Rep. Andy Kim announced Saturday that he will challenge Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez in 2024 after facing calls for him to resign following the indictment.

Mr. Menendez and his wife were indicted Friday in the Southern District of New York on three counts of bribery, fraud and extortion. Kim said he felt compelled to select the senator for the primary after Menendez rejected multiple calls from fellow Democrats to resign. according to on his Twitter.

“After calls for him to resign, Sen. Menendez said, ‘I’m not going anywhere.’ As a result, I feel forced to run against him. Not what I expected. We didn’t, but New Jersey deserves better. We can’t jeopardize the Senate or compromise our integrity. Please join us,” Kim said. I wrote it with a link to it. (Related: Click here for a list of all Democrats calling on Sen. Menendez to resign)

WASHINGTON, DC – March 22: Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) participates in a Senate Finance Committee hearing with Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

In addition to Kim, Governor Phil Murphy, State Democratic Party Chairman LeRoy Jones, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, Representative Mikie Sherrill, and numerous New Jersey Democrats have called on Menendez to resign. There is. josh gottheimer Former Congressman Tom Malinowski. Representative Dean Phillips, D-Minn., and U.S. Sen. John Fetterman Pennsylvania state legislators also called on Menendez to leave.

“Those who believe in justice believe in innocence until proven guilty.” Menendez Said In a statement. “I will continue to fight for the people of New Jersey with the same success we have had over the past 50 years, the same record of success that these same leaders have long praised. It doesn’t surprise me that there are people who are rushing to judgment and trying to throw me off my seat. I’m not going anywhere.”

of Fee The case was brought against Menendez in connection with allegations that he accepted lavish gifts, including cash, gold bars and luxury cars, in exchange for political favors in the Senate.Menendez is was denied Suspicion.

Mr. Menendez previously served in both chambers of the state Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives. according to Go to Ballotpedia. The senator has held the seat since 2006 and plans to run for a fourth term next year.

Menendez did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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