US Senator Booker Calls on Fellow New Jersey Senator Menendez to Resign – On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, a member of the Democratic Party, joined the increasing number of Democrats urging Senator Bob Menendez to step down from his position. Menendez is currently facing charges related to accepting bribes from three businessmen in exchange for favoring the Egyptian government and obstructing investigations into these individuals.
Booker, who serves as the junior senator representing New Jersey, has a notable relationship with Menendez, having been close colleagues during their time in Congress. Notably, Booker provided testimony in support of Menendez during a 2017 corruption trial.
In a released statement, Booker expressed his deep respect for Menendez as both a person and a fellow lawmaker. However, he emphasized that the role of a senator demands a high level of public trust. In light of this, Booker suggested that it would be in Menendez’s best interest to consider resigning from his position.
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“Stepping down is not an admission of guilt but an acknowledgment that holding public office often demands tremendous sacrifices at great personal cost. Senator Menendez has made these sacrifices in the past to serve. And in this case, he must do so again. I believe stepping down is best for those Senator Menendez has spent his life serving,” Booker said in the statement.
Booker aligns with fellow Democratic Senators Tammy Baldwin, Bob Casey, Jon Tester, and Mark Kelly in their collective call for Senator Menendez’s resignation. Each of them has issued statements regarding this issue. Senator Menendez, who temporarily relinquished his position as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has stated his intention to stay in the Senate. He also asserts his belief that he will be acquitted of all charges once the investigation concludes.