Menendez: I’ll Run As Independent If I’m Exonerated

CBS News reports:

Indicted Sen. Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, announced Thursday that he won’t run in the Democratic primary as he faces allegations he traded his political influence for money, but said he could seek reelection as an independent if he’s exonerated.

“I will not file for the Democratic primary this June. I am hopeful that my exoneration will take place this summer and allow me to pursue my candidacy as an independent Democrat in the general election,” Menendez said in a video shared on YouTube.

Menendez was indicted on federal corruption charges in September and has been defiant against calls to resign, though he did step down from his powerful chairmanship of the Foreign Relations Committee.

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