The Justice Department filed a notice Friday that it will re-try Democratic New Jersey Sen.
Annalou Tirol, acting chief of the public integrity section of the Justice Department, announced that the trial would take place as soon as possible. Bob Menendez, speaking outside the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton before the inauguration of Gov. Phil Murphy.
"An early retrial date is in the best interests of the public, ".
Menendez's seat could still be safe in his blue state: No Republicans now facing Menendez have shown any serious fundraising efforts, and Menendez has $3.9 million in the bank, according to his latest campaign finance report. The retrial could also allow national Democrats to finally move away from Menendez now that New Jersey has a Democratic governor.
After November's hung jury, Menendez suggested that he was ready to run for reelection this November, despite polls showing voters don't want him to.
"To those who were digging my political grave so they could jump into my seat, I know who you are and I won't forget you", he said at the time. Menendez's office says the government has made a decision to "double down on an unjust prosecution". "Evidently, they did not hear the overwhelming voices of the New Jerseyans who served on the jury this fall. Sen".
The weeks-long trial brought several dramatic moments, particularly when a juror who was dismissed for a planned vacation told reporters during deliberations that the jury was divided in the case, and that she thought Menendez should be found not guilty. "Senator Menendez fully intends to be vindicated-again". Defense lawyers discounted the notion that Menendez accepted bribes from Melgen by citing the two men's long-running friendship.
Menendez hailed the mistrial as a victory.
Menendez and Melgen, his longtime friend, were charged in 2015 with a bribery scheme in which Menendez allegedly traded political favours for gifts and campaign donations. Another was a dispute over port security equipment involving a company Melgen owned in the Dominican Republic.