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Menendez Draws Primary Challenger

He’s renewing his request to have his charges thrown out.

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Kimberly Railey
Dec. 4, 2017, 9:26 a.m.

Fox News commentator Michael Starr Hopkins (D) filed FEC paperwork to challenge Sen. Bob Menendez (D). (FEC)

Though a recent Rutgers-Eagleton poll found Menendez with only a 20 percent favorability rating, he remains popular among Democrats.

Top New Jersey Democrats have already committed to backing Menendez, including Gov.-elect Phil Murphy (D) and state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D).

TRIAL AFTERMATH. “Two weeks after his bribery trial ended in a hung jury, … Menendez renewed his request to have the charges thrown out. Attorneys filed the motion Thursday on behalf of the New Jersey Democrat and his co-defendant and friend, Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen.”

“The Department of Justice hasn’t announced whether it plans to retry the two men.” (WRAL)

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