Not one, not two, but THREE Scandals swirling around him.
There is, of course, the problem of the illegal alien sex offender working in his office.
Sen. Robert Menendez employed as an unpaid intern in his Senate office an illegal immigrant who was a registered sex offender, now under arrest by immigration authorities, The Associated Press has learned. The Homeland Security Department instructed federal agents not to arrest him until after Election Day, a U.S. official involved in the case told the AP.
Let’s assume he knew nothing about the delay in the arrest – isn’t he responsible for making sure his office follows the law?
Then there are the illegal campaign donations.
The owner of a New Jersey medical imaging company pleaded guilty Tuesday to making $21,400 in illegal campaign contributions to Democratic New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez between 2005 and 2008.
Benedetto Bigica, 45, and two of his family members served as “straw contributors” to Menendez, according to northjersey.com, with Bigica’s brother Joseph reimbursing them for their contributions.
The scheme allowed Joseph Bigica to donate far more than the amount allowed by the Federal Election Campaign Act — a total of $98,600 between 2005 and 2009.
That brings the total money involved in the Bigica brothers’ crimes to $120,000.
Of course, there is the obligatory claim that the campaign was a victim of the scheme and that the senator and his campaign cooperated fully with the investigation – but really, do you believe that? Could such a scheme really have been pulled off without cooperation on the inside, given that it involved a major donor?
New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez abruptly left a press conference on Hurricane Sandy aid ahead of other Senate Democrats on Monday. While it’s unclear why Menendez left the presser early, the move came amid building pressure concerning a scandal involving allegations he solicited prostitutes in the Dominican Republic.
Agents gathered at the medical-office complex of Dr. Salomon Melgen, a contributor to Menendez and other prominent politicians, late Tuesday night to start hauling away potential evidence in about a dozen white vans.
The investigation is believed to be focusing on Melgen’s finances and the allegations about Menendez’s trips and contact with prostitutes. A spokesman for Menendez could not be reached for comment, nor could Melgen.
I suspect these guys will soon be hearing those immortal words from Monopoly – “Go to jail. Go directly to jail. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.”
Can’t wait for Chris Christie to get to appoint Menendez’s replacement.