Menendez drained a third of his bank account in private-jet reimbursement; Update: Senate Ethics Committee “reviewing” Menendez scandal

posted at 11:01 am on February 1, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

It didn’t occur to me yesterday that the sudden rush to reimburse a donor $58,500 for private-jet flights to the Dominican Republic might have left Senator Robert Menendez a little short on funds.  Most Senators have significant personal wealth, and while no one wants to have to write a $60,000 check, most of them could do so without breaking a financial sweat  The Daily Caller’s David Martosko did some digging into financial disclosure records and found that the payoff may have wiped out 30% of Menendez’ liquid assets — or as much as 90%:

A check that Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez wrote to his longtime campaign donor Dr. Salomon Melgen on Jan. 4 to cover private jet travel to the Dominican Republic represented more than one-third of his cash-on-hand — and perhaps as much as 90 percent — according to an analysis of his most recent U.S. Senate financial disclosure report.

Dan O’Brien, Menendez’s chief of staff, told WNBC-TV4 in New York on Tuesday that the senator reimbursed Melgen $58,500 for two trips they took together to the island nation in 2010. (RELATED: Menendez admits frequent Dominican travel, reimburses FBI-raided donor)

Menendez signed a disclosure statement on May 9, 2012 indicating that he had between $66,003 and $165,000 in three different bank and credit union accounts. His only other asset is a rental property worth between $250,001 and $500,000.

Matthew Boyle, who first began reporting on Menendez’ escapades with Melgen in the Dominican Republic and is now at Breitbart News, calculates that Menendez just spent 18% of his total net worth:

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Menendez’s net worth is between $317,005 and $680,000. Menendez ranks 79th in the Senate in that category, fairly low among his 99 colleagues.

Since the reimbursement he made to his donor Dr. Salomon Melgen’s company totaled $58,500, Menendez spent a massive portion of his financial livelihood on the reimbursement for those two flights. If his net worth is at the lowest end of the estimate—$316,005—he would have paid about 18.5 percent of his entire net worth. …

Looking at Menendez’s annual salary—U.S. Senators make $174,000 per year before taxes—the $58,500 reimbursement would be almost 34 percent of Menendez’s annual salary before taxes.

That’s why it’s difficult to put much credit in the claim from Menendez’ office that this was just “sloppy” bookkeeping, or an oversight.  One could believe that for a man with a few million dollars in liquid assets, but not for someone of moderate means.  When a man worth a total of $680,000, with a maximum of $166,000 liquid, a two-year-old debt of $58,500 doesn’t just slip his mind.

It’s not as if Melgen was only an occasional correspondent, either.  The New York Times has taken a belated interest in the Senator from New Jersey and his relationship to the target of an FBI investigation, and notes something very interesting about Melgen’s business dealings and Menendez, emphasis mine:

Also in 2010, Dr. Melgen moved to buy the ownership interest in ICSSI, a company based in the Caribbean that had been awarded a contract to provide extensive screening of cargo from ports in the Dominican Republic. The Dominican government was refusing to honor that contract, after Miguel Cocco, then the Dominican customs director, had long said the deal was an exorbitant giveaway to the company.

In a letter to the president’s legal adviser, Mr. Cocco said that the deal was “against the interests of the Dominican government, due to its one-sided nature, exorbitant clauses, that it violates Dominican laws,” and that there had been a “lack of transparency, commercial ethics in the granting of the contract.”

Dr. Melgen brought the matter to the attention of Mr. Menendez. Estimates vary on the contract’s value, but critics say it could cost as much as $50 million annually; the original terms of the contract, approved in 2003, called for 20 years of payments. …

Aides acknowledged on Wednesday that Mr. Menendez had spoken to State Department officials about the contract. And at a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere last July, he questioned two administration officials — Francisco J. Sánchez, the undersecretary for international trade at the Commerce Department, and Matthew Rooney, the deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs for the State Department — about why the United States government had not been more aggressive on the issue. The senator said more security was needed given the drug trade on the island.

And toward the end of the article, long past the jump, the NYT suggests that Menendez might be allowing Melgen to broker federal hiring:

In Florida political circles, one Miami Democrat explained, it is understood that anyone seeking a federal appointment that requires Mr. Menendez’s blessing should first get Dr. Melgen’s backing.

“If you needed Bob, you had to see Melgen,” said the Democrat, who insisted on anonymity for fear of upsetting party leaders. “Everybody in Miami knew that.”

In addition to the security company, in 2011 Dr. Melgen founded a Latino-oriented news Web site, Voxxi, which has also emphasized the need for the port security deal and glowingly depicted Mr. Menendez as a giant among Latinos. A former employee, who spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear of career damage, said Dr. Melgen would often intervene in the coverage, requiring editors to play down achievements by Republicans like Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and replace it with praise for Mr. Menendez.

Small wonder that Menendez wiped out his bank account trying to distance himself from the stench.

Update: Looks like the Senate Ethics Committee has seen enough to get interested:

The Senate Ethics Committee is reviewing whether Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., inappropriately accepted gifts from a political donor who is under investigation by federal investigators.

“We are aware of the news reports regarding the FBI raid on Dr. Melgen’s office,” Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., the top Republican on the ethics committee, said to CBS News in a statement. “The Ethics Committee will follow its established procedures in this matter.”

Late Tuesday night, the FBI and the Health and Human Services Department raided the West Palm Beach, Fla., offices belonging to Dr. Salomon Melgen, an eye doctor who has made large donations to Menendez, the New Jersey State Democratic Committee and other politicians. The FBI has not said why it was raiding Melgen’s office Tuesday night, but according to the Miami Herald, records show that Melgen has an outstanding IRS lien of $11.1 million for taxes owed from 2006 to 2009. The HHS Office of the Inspector General, meanwhile, is responsible for health care fraud cases (involving Medicare and Medicaid). HHS would not comment on the FBI’s involvement, though it is not unheard of for the FBI to participate in these types of investigations.

Menendez investigations — they’re not just for “right-wing blogs” any more.


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Elevator man.

Bmore on February 1, 2013 at 11:03 AM

It didn’t occur to me yesterday that the sudden rush to reimburse a donor $58,500 for private-jet flights to the Dominican Republic might have left Senator Robert Menendez a little short on funds. Most Senators have significant personal wealth, and while no one wants to have to write a $60,000 check, most of them could do so without breaking a financial sweat

Menendez must be doing his corruption wrong.

Bitter Clinger on February 1, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Menendez doesn’t even make the Democrats blush…that’s the sad part.

originalpechanga on February 1, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Menendez- “ANYTHING to make this go away!!

Help me, MSM?”

MSM- “We’re doing the best we can, senator!”

thebrokenrattle on February 1, 2013 at 11:08 AM

My disgust with this guy is long lived. I couldn’t stand him when it wasn’t fashionable. Biggest phony politician (if that’s possible) there ever was.

Of course, he’s a democrat so he won’t leave office no matter how bad it is. I want to see him step down in utter humiliation.

NJ Red on February 1, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Nice that nyt is finally noticing this AFTER the election

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 11:09 AM

That “strange” ain’t cheap…

Wyznowski on February 1, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Too bad Bobby…you made the hormone!!!

NJ Red on February 1, 2013 at 11:10 AM

That sure is a lot of money to keep his job for a few more weeks until the child prostitution and corruption portion of the story breaks out.

blammm on February 1, 2013 at 11:10 AM

The ooze of corruption from the DC goons, especially Menendez, is incredibly nauseating. This dude belongs in jail. Might as well say that for 90% of the DC pols.

tommy71 on February 1, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Obviously he never intended to PAY for those flights. If he knew HE was paying to fly down to DR, he would have flown first class and saved tends of thousands of dollars.

Timin203 on February 1, 2013 at 11:14 AM

His excuse is that it’s not fair to single him out for leveraging his stays for wealth when his peers did the same. He’s just trying to catch up.

AH_C on February 1, 2013 at 11:15 AM

My understanding is that the $58K covered three round trips.

That’s $20K per. Seems just a tad high. Most of the critters figure a way to do it for much less.

Something not right here.

Jabberwock on February 1, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Amazing how often Democratic pols have bills ‘slip their mind’.

Must be something about the Dominican Republic that effects memory. Maybe we should ask Charlie Rangel.

GarandFan on February 1, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Maybe he’ll get reimbursed from his Senate expense account. He can always say it was a ‘fact-finding tour’–a detail he forgot to mention.

Liam on February 1, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Most investigators will tell you that involvement with prostitutes is tangential to the real issues.

While Menendez’s alleged cavorting with child prostitutes is reprehensible, the real crime(s) is/are just coming out. That’s why people like the NYT can no longer hide from it.

I would say the same for his trips and financial dealings.

Follow the money. We are just at the top third of the iceberg.

Exit questions; why would a senator of such moderate means be so closely tied to a millionaire? What was the purpose of their DR trip?

Hint: forget about the prostitutes.

Marcus Traianus on February 1, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Looks like the Senate Ethics Committee has seen enough to get interested

Uh oh. Bobby may be receiving a severe slap on the wrist soon.

Doughboy on February 1, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Obviously he never intended to PAY for those flights. If he knew HE was paying to fly down to DR, he would have flown first class and saved tends of thousands of dollars.

Timin203 on February 1, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Good point! It’s all looking more and more obvious, isn’t it?

Drained Brain on February 1, 2013 at 11:19 AM

good luck there being any consequences at all, having a D in front of your name is the same as diplomatic immunity. i’m surprised it even has gotten any press at all.

gsherin on February 1, 2013 at 11:21 AM

“The ethics committee”
WAHAhaHAHhHAhaHAhahHhahHHhHhahHhahhHAHHh…(wipes tear)

That is where scandal goes to die.

NeoKong on February 1, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Looks like the Senate Ethics Committee has seen enough to get interested:

Ethics Committees are where scandals go to die. See: Maxine Waters, Charlie Rangle

tommyboy on February 1, 2013 at 11:23 AM

How is this story possibly damaging to Menendez. The fact that he has shady friends and may indulge in young children is nothing remarkable for a Democrat.

CorporatePiggy on February 1, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Don’t you know toe-tapping is a bigger story, you Rethuglicans?

hawkdriver on February 1, 2013 at 11:24 AM

You know, I had been wondering how an eye doctor seemed to have so much wealth. Sure, doctors are well-compensated, but private jets and villas in the Caribbean seemed over the top compared to the ones I know. I think I have my answer.

I guess buying a senator for a few hundred grand and getting millions in return is a better investment than medicine. At least, as long as the senator doesn’t do something stupid (like sex with underage hookers) that draws attention to the whole scheme.

CJ on February 1, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Whoa there, partner!!

The Senate Ethics Committee is on the case!

Probably asking Menendez for phone numbers of the slippery little girlies.

PD Quig on February 1, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Move along you evil blog writers and mean people. Nothing to see here, just another champion of the people trying to do his best, but being attacked by Rush, Fox and Hot Air because the good Senator supports Obama, and you are all rascists, or something.

Sigh. Seen it all before, this is just another chapter.

2ndMAW68 on February 1, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Menendez doesn’t even make the Democrats blush…that’s the sad part.

originalpechanga on February 1, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Or the liberal media.

hawkdriver on February 1, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Yeah right
See Maxine waters (granted that is the house and senate)

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 11:26 AM

This may be an unforced error by the Democrats allowing him to run for reelection. It has been a dreadful several weeks with the media making it look like Obama has a ton of MO politically, but the the cracks are starting to show. Obama is not anymore competent than he was in the first term and Dems are not any less corrupt.

mwbri on February 1, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Senate Ethics Committee “reviewing” Menendez scandal

…of course…after a lengthy period of time…they will find nothing of interest…and he only “violated the spirit” of something or other!

KOOLAID2 on February 1, 2013 at 11:27 AM

It is turning out to be very expensive for Menendez to have stiffed those prostitutes for a few hundred bucks.

cool breeze on February 1, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Nice that nyt is finally noticing this AFTER the election

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 11:09 AM

They noticed it before, but for the NYT to cover it, this must be worse than it looks. Their reasons for covering this story are twofold:

1. They’re trying to save face and look like they covered it because it must be common knowledge within political circles that…

2. This is a slam dunk of Biblical proportions. Menendez is going away for a long time.

mintycrys on February 1, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Tommyboy beat me to it

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 11:28 AM

I guess buying a senator for a few hundred grand and getting millions in return is a better investment than medicine. At least, as long as the senator doesn’t do get caught doing something stupid (like sex with underage hookers) that draws attention to the whole scheme.

CJ on February 1, 2013 at 11:24 AM

FIFY

Liam on February 1, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Shouldn’t McConnell be calling for his suspension right about now?

Mr. Arrogant on February 1, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Who better than Mendenez to represent “The Garbage State?”

bw222 on February 1, 2013 at 11:29 AM

I can’t believe Menendez won’t slide on through (skeevy) unless the underage prostitution can be proved. From what I am reading, that is illegal despite what country you are in and can be prosecuted for here in the US.

Harry Reid has to decide if he gets to keep Kerry’s Foreign Relations Chairmanship. I’d so love to be a fly on the wall of that conversation between Reid and Menendez. Will Harry continue to support his buddy?

CoffeeLover on February 1, 2013 at 11:30 AM

My understanding is that the $58K covered three round trips.

That’s $20K per. Seems just a tad high. Most of the critters figure a way to do it for much less.

Something not right here.

Jabberwock on February 1, 2013 at 11:15 AM

You forgot the booze tab. Come on, you don’t think those guys were drinking Buds, do ya?

CJ on February 1, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Minty yup

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Original Investment: $20 for underage prostitutes
Follow-up Investment: $58,000 for coverup

Welcome to Senatorial Economics 101.

fogw on February 1, 2013 at 11:32 AM

It is only a crime if you get caught and are not in the popular party.

astonerii on February 1, 2013 at 11:36 AM

This creep could get caught with 20 under age girls in his trunk like quagmire and still get elected in this state.
Here in NJ what he is doing a resume enhancement.

ouldbollix on February 1, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Exit questions; why would a senator of such moderate means be so closely tied to a millionaire? What was the purpose of their DR trip?

Hint: forget about the prostitutes.

Marcus Traianus on February 1, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Yup. There is already some stuffout there suggesting that the prostitute story might have been faked and ginned up to divert attention from the REAL story, which is this guy buying Menendez’ support for his ripoff of the Dominican government.

rockmom on February 1, 2013 at 11:38 AM

*****************ALERT *********************

US Energy Secretary Steven Chu is resigning from Obama’s cabinet, according to a senior administration official – @Reuters

2 mins ago by editor

canopfor on February 1, 2013 at 11:39 AM

That’s why it’s difficult to put much credit in the claim from Menendez’ office that this was just “sloppy” bookkeeping, or an oversight.

It depends. If Menendez didn’t realize the cost of chartering the Canadair CL-600 Challenger Melgen owns, then maybe he was thinking it would only cost five or ten grand. I doubt any of these folks pass this stuff by their accountants before they ignore what it will cost them if found out.

I’m wondering if his accountants also reminded Menendez he had to pay for the accommodations, too. IIRC, he stayed at Melgen’s vacation home and that would cost a pretty buck, too, and, if so, it’s not worth Menendez’ time to complicate things by mentioning it.

Dusty on February 1, 2013 at 11:45 AM

The state run media is putting America in great peril…

d1carter on February 1, 2013 at 11:45 AM

The top men of the Senate Ethics Commitee, Jacques Closeau and Maxwell Smart, are on the case. We may all rest easy.

And it looks like Menendez is going to have to troll the A.C. to get drained from now on.

M240H on February 1, 2013 at 11:45 AM

****Chu Alert *****

LIVE: White House daily press briefing

http://live.reuters.com/Event/Politics

canopfor on February 1, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Sen. Menendez (D) New Jersey = Sen. Pat Geary (D) Nevada

portlandon on February 1, 2013 at 11:49 AM

That’s $20K per. Seems just a tad high. Most of the critters figure a way to do it for much less.

Something not right here.

Jabberwock on February 1, 2013 at 11:15 AM

A jet is just a jet, until you have to pay for it. Melgen’s jet is a 18+/- seater. Those would be expensive.

Dusty on February 1, 2013 at 11:51 AM

*****************ALERT *********************

US Energy Secretary Steven Chu is resigning from Obama’s cabinet, according to a senior administration official – @Reuters

2 mins ago by editor

canopfor on February 1, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Thanks canopfor

The Department of Energy – another useless agency.

22044 on February 1, 2013 at 11:51 AM

If Menendez didn’t realize the cost of chartering the Canadair CL-600 Challenger Melgen owns, then maybe he was thinking it would only cost five or ten grand. I doubt any of these folks pass this stuff by their accountants before they ignore what it will cost them if found out.

Dusty on February 1, 2013 at 11:45 AM

And “forgot” to pay for his trips until after the FBI started sniffing around for real? Come on, give us bitter clingers credit for a little intelligence. We do not blindly think that Senators go whoring with big donors and then “accidentially” forget to reimburse them as required by law. We do not blindly think that Hillary Clinton got those hundreds of thousands in futures by her keen analytical ability. We do not blindly think that Obama got a heck of a deal on prime real estate in Chicago by chance.

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Menendez is smelling more and more like Senator Sleaze.

WannabeAnglican on February 1, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Senate ethics committee investigating Menendez a big nothing burger see Feinstein.

RickB on February 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM

mwbri on February 1, 2013 at 11:26 AM

eventually this stuff will have to break through to all but the seriously committed Obamaniacs. You know the guy is wishing he were black right now. Torrecelli wasn’t ethnic enough, maybe Menendez will be.

DanMan on February 1, 2013 at 12:02 PM

My understanding is that the $58K covered three round trips.

That’s $20K per. Seems just a tad high. Most of the critters figure a way to do it for much less.

Something not right here.

Jabberwock on February 1, 2013 at 11:15 AM

The underage sex slaves, amyl nitrite and ball gags may have been part of the price.

If Menedez knew he’d end up paying it back, he’d have been a little more frugal.

forest on February 1, 2013 at 12:03 PM

If… and I mean IF… Menendez is forced to resign, does Christie pick his replacement?

Considering Geraldo wants to run for senate lose to either Cory Booker or Frank Lautenberg next year as a Republican, if a Christie appointment takes away any credible opposition, he literally could become the nominee.

There are no words.

Myron Falwell on February 1, 2013 at 12:06 PM

I drained 1/3 of my bank account to pay the electric bill this month. So I can relate.

vitocorleone99 on February 1, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Menendez is smelling more and more like Senator Sleaze.

WannabeAnglican on February 1, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Which one? I lost track of all the sleazy pols that have come from New Jersey.

He could try to save face by resigning, outing himself as a ‘Gay American’ and go on a national TV tour of PR rehabilitation. Not that that’s ever happened before. Lol.

Or he could get a cushy gig at Goldman Slacks…

Myron Falwell on February 1, 2013 at 12:09 PM

indicating that he had between $66,003 and $165,000 in three different bank and credit union accounts. His only other asset is a rental property worth between $250,001 and $500,000.

I don’t know about anyone else but I’m pretty sure I’d know whether I had $66,003 on hand or almost 3 times that. That’s a big stretch.

scalleywag on February 1, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Strongly worded letter of concern in 3…2…1…

Wyznowski on February 1, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Why do we keep electing people like this guy who are so out of touch with the working class he supposedly represents that he doesn’t think anything of spending $60,000 to travel to the Dominican Republic in a years time? He was elected to do a JOB, he should also repay the taxpayers for all the time he hasn’t been working. AFTER he resigns.

scalleywag on February 1, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Let’s all practice saying……”Minority Leader Reid”.

Tater Salad on February 1, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Barbara Boxer’ll get to the bottom it!

steebo77 on February 1, 2013 at 12:25 PM

If Menendez is suspected (!) of being corrupt, shouldn’t his financial self-report also be regarded as being potentially corrupt? His willingness to suddenly pay $60,000 may indicate he has a lot more cash on hand than he admitted.

PersonFromPorlock on February 1, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Ah yes, this should be good . . . the crooks are going to judge the crook.

rplat on February 1, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Who is reviewing the the press’s role in behaving as the Democrat’s PR wing?

besser tot als rot on February 1, 2013 at 12:30 PM

In the words of the 2016 Democratic Nominee Empress Elect:

“What difference, at this point, does it make?”

Snowblind on February 1, 2013 at 12:31 PM

[Happy Nomad on February 1, 2013 at 11:56 AM]

My comment wasn’t in regard to Menendez forgetting, or calling it a bookkeeping error or an oversight. It was in regard to Ed’s implication that the high cost, itself, ensures that conclusion and it doesn’t for the reason I gave.

Dusty on February 1, 2013 at 12:36 PM

that conclusion = Ed’s conclusion

Dusty on February 1, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Update: Looks like the Senate Ethics Committee has seen enough to get interested:

Seen enough? Ya think!?!!!??

itsspideyman on February 1, 2013 at 12:39 PM

yeah, another POS dirtbag Senator…

Hey Christie, ya think you could do a favor to the GOP
and Weigh in on this you Fat Phuck!!!??

ToddPA on February 1, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Original Investment: $20 for underage prostitutes
Follow-up Investment: $58,000 for coverup

Welcome to Senatorial Economics 101.

fogw on February 1, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Ouch!

workingclass artist on February 1, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Where he (Menendez) is going,
he won’t need a lot of cash.
Cigarettes Yes, Cash No!

Another Drew on February 1, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Someone ask the DOTUS or Carney what they think about Senator Bob “BABY GIRL” Menendez trolling with the tweens.

Oh, sorry my bad, that would require REAL journalism.

PappyD61 on February 1, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Rangel, Hastings, Waters, Pelosi, Reid and Clinton…

nuff said. Conclusion: It’s a dem…it goes no where.

Twana on February 1, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Why do we keep electing people like this guy who are so out of touch with the working class he supposedly represents that he doesn’t think anything of spending $60,000 to travel to the Dominican Republic in a years time?

@scallywag – he never intended to spend anything on the trips. He’s only paying now because of the investigations and the ethics rules.

krome on February 1, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Menendez press release:

“I deeply regret IF anyone is offended at the idea that I may inadvertently and entirely innocently banged some foreign kiddos when I was on a vacation with a man who may or may not be in for some serious federal jail time.

It was not my intention to offend anyone, I just wanted a beach vacation and some barely legal strange.

These last few days have been difficult and I now, like Billy Jeff, understand the kind of persecution Jesus faced when he was alive. We can now move on.

Thank you. No questions.”

CorporatePiggy on February 1, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Menendez took this Senate seat after it was abandoned by Jon Corzine when he ran for Governor, and Corzine somehow “misplaced” $600 million to $1 billion (depending on which report you read) in pension funds after he lost the Governorship to Chris Christie.

Menendez is following his mentor’s footsteps, but is relegated to small-ball sleaze-ball in the minor leagues.

It’s the Joyzy way.

Steve Z on February 1, 2013 at 2:06 PM

If… and I mean IF… Menendez is forced to resign, does Christie pick his replacement?

Considering Geraldo wants to run for senate lose to either Cory Booker or Frank Lautenberg next year as a Republican, if a Christie appointment takes away any credible opposition, he literally could become the nominee.

There are no words.

Myron Falwell on February 1, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Gerald O. Izquierda running as a Republican? Gimme a break–even after his years at Fox News, his heart is still well to the left. Cory Booker, who has tried to attract businesses to Newark as mayor, is probably more conservative than Gerald O.

If Menendez resigns, Christie should nominate someone from his Administration to fill the seat, because Christie probably wants to run for re-election as Governor in 2013, and has a good shot at winning.

Steve Z on February 1, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Original Investment: $20 for underage prostitutes
Follow-up Investment: $58,000 for coverup

Welcome to Senatorial Economics 101.

fogw on February 1, 2013 at 11:32 AM

At the risk of seeming crude…what a poondoggle!

steebo77 on February 1, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Original Investment: $20 for underage prostitutes
Follow-up Investment: $58,000 for coverup
Welcome to Senatorial Economics 101.

fogw on February 1, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Actually he paid about $200 for the prostitutes ($100 each), but they wanted $500 each–which is what got him in trouble in the first place.

Steve Z on February 1, 2013 at 2:20 PM

There’s MORE. Illegal campaign contributions as well.

MSM mysteriously (cough) SILENT.

http://www.jammiewf.com/2013/breaking-yet-another-bob-menendez-scandal/

tootired on February 1, 2013 at 2:33 PM

canopfor on February 1, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Thanks canopfor

The Department of Energy – another useless agency.

22044 on February 1, 2013 at 11:51 AM

22044:

Anytime,sorry for the late response,been busy on the news twitters!
————-:)

canopfor on February 1, 2013 at 3:08 PM

No question this guy is going to get a job in Obama’s cabinet.

He is a perfect fit.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 1, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Why do we assume ol’ Bob paid for the reimbursement?

BobMbx on February 1, 2013 at 3:20 PM

What, no trolls at HA willing to defend?

Imagine, if Menendez were of ‘that other Party’ (no names please) by this time he would have been flailed, filleted, tarred and feathered, drawn & quartered then run out of town on a rail with the NYT/WaPo leading the parade.
Slightly OT …
And this shiite about Hillary prepping for her run for POTUS.
Might anyone suggest what she will RUN ON?
Her record, might she dare to criticize President Downgrade (3X) Administration?
She has NOTHING.
And one REAL question for Piano Legs: WHY is Vince Foster Dead?

Missilengr on February 1, 2013 at 5:03 PM

My guess is that Dr Melgen, born and educated through med school in the Dominican Republic, probably comes from an affluent family.

Dr. Melgen is a Director of the American Board of Eye Surgery and is a clinical scientific associate at the Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, a member of the American Academy of Retina Specialists, and a founding donor of the American Retina Foundation.

Up until the recent new broke, this was pretty much a golden curriculum vitae. All the right names and places. Let’s see if the various professional associations try to disassociate themselves from the alleged pederast.

bofh on February 1, 2013 at 5:21 PM