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published : 2023-09-26

Democratic Senator Cory Booker Calls for Resignation of Senator Menendez amid Bribery Charges

Booker believes Menendez's alleged actions are difficult to reconcile with the person he knows

Democratic Senator Cory Booker providing a statement on Senator Bob Menendez's indictment charges, captured with a Nikon D850 camera.

Democratic Senator Cory Booker has joined a growing group of lawmakers urging Senator Bob Menendez to resign following his recent federal bribery indictment charges.

In a statement on Tuesday, Booker stated that stepping down is not an admission of guilt but rather an acknowledgment of the sacrifices that come with public office.

Booker highlighted Menendez's previous sacrifices to serve and believed that stepping down would be in the best interest of those he has dedicated his life to serving.

A series of envelopes containing cash and gold bars allegedly involved in the bribery scheme, photographed with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

While Booker initially remained silent after the indictment was announced, he now finds the allegations 'hard to reconcile' with the person he knows.

Booker emphasized that Menendez deserves the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, but he believes that the details of the allegations have shaken the faith and trust of New Jerseyans and those with whom Menendez must work.

The indictment accuses Menendez of using his official position to benefit businessmen and governments in exchange for bribes, including cash, gold bars, and a luxury convertible.

Governor Phil Murphy and other New Jersey lawmakers calling for Senator Menendez's resignation, image taken with a Sony Alpha A7R III.

Menendez, who previously faced federal bribery charges in 2016, has refused to resign and maintains his innocence.

Several New Jersey lawmakers, including Governor Phil Murphy and Congress members Andy Kim, Mikie Sherrill, Bill Pascrell, and Frank Pallone, and prominent figures such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Mark Kelly, have also called on Menendez to step down.