Senator Bob Menendez kicks off his bid for a third term.

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With Corruption Case In The Rearview, Menendez Sets Sights On Third Term

March 28, 2018 - 11:57 am

UNION CITY, N.J. (1010 WINS/AP) -- U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez has put a federal corruption case behind him and is officially kicking off his campaign for a third term.

The 64-year-old New Jersey Democrat had stops planned on Wednesday in the northern and southern parts of the state. He's being challenged by Republican Bob Hugin, a wealthy former biopharmaceutical executive.

New Jersey's big Democratic leaders including Senator Cory Booker and Governor Phil Murphy were on hand as Menendez addressed the crowd at Union City High School.

"You know who I am, you know where I came from, and you know who I'm fighting for. I'm fighting for you, your hopes, your dreams, your future," he said.

Even though the weather outside was cloudy, the cloud over Menendz has been lifted.

Menendez was tried last fall on charges he traded his political influence for gifts and campaign donations from a friend. The case ended in a hung jury.
Federal prosecutors dropped all charges about two months ago.

"Remember the origins of this was a scurrilous Republican attack, and it's now come full circle. To try to continue to throw this kind of mud at him, it's not going to stick. It didn't stick when the government tried to do it, it should not stick now," Booker said.

Democrats this year are defending 10 Senate seats in states won by Donald Trump in 2016, as Republicans work to hold their narrow 51-vote majority.