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At Senator Menendezís Trial, Stakes Are High for Democrats
NY Times ^ | 8-17-17 | Shane Goldmacher

Posted on 08/18/2017 3:10:47 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

When Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey goes on trial on federal corruption charges in less than three weeks, far more than his own fate hinges on the outcome.

If Mr. Menendez, a Democrat, is convicted and then expelled from the United States Senate by early January, his replacement would be picked by Gov. Chris Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey and an ally of President Trump.

That scenario — where Mr. Menendez’s interim replacement would more than likely be a Republican — would have immediate and far-reaching implications: The Republicans would be gifted a crucial extra vote just as the party remains a single vote shy in the Senate of advancing its bill to dismantle President Obama’s signature health care law. Those potential consequences only heighten the drama around the first federal bribery charges leveled against a sitting senator in a generation.

He added, “That’s a big ‘if.’”

It’s enough to have Democrats anxious. “Many of us have a personal concern about Bob Menendez,” said Robert G. Torricelli, a former Democratic senator of New Jersey. “But there’s also an overriding concern about the Republicans’ strengthening their control in the Senate and, in the near term, being able to repeal Obamacare and 16 million people losing their health care.”

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: chrischristie; corruption; menendez; ussenate
FTA: "Mr. Menendez stands accused of using his position to advance the interests of Dr. Salomon Melgen, a friend and political patron, in exchange for luxury vacations and hundreds of thousands of dollars of campaign support."

Oh pretty please....

1 posted on 08/18/2017 3:10:47 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

If anyone believes this trial will be over before the 2018 elections they are smoking something besides tobacco.


2 posted on 08/18/2017 3:14:14 PM PDT by mosaicwolf
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Torricelli doesn’t give a rats rump about him. He’s worried about the SEAT and that’s the extent of it.

And, yes...they probably WILL drag this out and drag this out and drag this out. Grrrr!


3 posted on 08/18/2017 3:15:48 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Yep, the Torch illegally backed out of a race he was going to lose and Frank Lautenberg was substituted in illegally.


4 posted on 08/18/2017 3:20:03 PM PDT by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here Of Citizen Parents - Know Islam, No Peace -No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: Lurkinanloomin

Did I mention that it was illegal for Lautenberg to replace Torricelli on the ballot?


5 posted on 08/18/2017 3:21:19 PM PDT by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here Of Citizen Parents - Know Islam, No Peace -No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: Lurkinanloomin

On offer he can’t refuse b4 Christie leaves office. Christie will act in his own self interest though.


6 posted on 08/18/2017 3:26:40 PM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: mosaicwolf

Christie is term limited out and the new election in Nov. 2017.

I can’t picture this trial not lasting past the new year


7 posted on 08/18/2017 3:28:13 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

I don’t expect any great Republican Senator from New Jersey.

We have a New Jersey Republican running for Governor of Virginia.


8 posted on 08/18/2017 3:38:30 PM PDT by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here Of Citizen Parents - Know Islam, No Peace -No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The Dims would probably find a judge who’d order that Bob Torricelli be sworn in to finish Menendez’s term.


9 posted on 08/18/2017 3:44:52 PM PDT by Will88
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To: afraidfortherepublic

: The Republicans would be gifted a crucial extra vote ....

xxx
Don’t worry, NYT, they will just fritter it away.


10 posted on 08/18/2017 3:47:19 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Vacate the chair! Ryan must go.)
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To: Lurkinanloomin

You didn’t have to. Laws are for Republicans.


11 posted on 08/18/2017 4:06:42 PM PDT by Hardastarboard (Three most annoying words on the internet - "Watch the Video")
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To: afraidfortherepublic
“Many of us have a personal concern about Bob Menendez,” said Robert G. Torricelli, a former Democratic senator of New Jersey.

And they go to The Torch, another crook, for a quote? Ha ha ha.

12 posted on 08/18/2017 5:00:07 PM PDT by Rummyfan (In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Of course they don’t say that those “luxury vacations” were trips that Menendez made to abuse underage girls. Who knows, maybe boys, too. That he is still in the senate shows just how far this country has fallen.


13 posted on 08/18/2017 7:51:57 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX (For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind. ~ Hosea 8:7)
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