Democratic Congressman Announces Intention to Challenge Indicted Senator

( – Popular Democratic New Jersey Representative Andy Kim announced on September 23 that he’s planning to challenge Democratic Senator Bob Menendz, after Menendez was indicted by US authorities on bribery charges. Kim, who represents the city’s 3rd District, made his announcement on his Twitter account, saying that New Jersey would make a mistake re-electing Menendez and that the city “deserves better” in 2024.

According to different reports, Kim’s move comes at a moment when Menendez is experiencing massive criticism in the Democratic Party. He made the announcement a couple of hours after many Democratic leaders, including New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, publicly called on Menendez to resign.

On his Twitter account, the Democratic representative said he felt compelled to run against Menendez after many urged him to step down and he publicly refused to do it. Kim also noted this is a political move he didn’t expect to take, but he will do it for the people of New Jersey. He closed his tweet saying that Menendez cannot jeopardize the Senate or compromise “our integrity.”

Authorities indicted Menendez and his wife Nadine on September 22 on bribery charges, following a corruption probe opened by US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Damian Williams, in October 2022. The Democratic senator is currently facing numerous charges, including conspiracy to commit honest services fraud and conspiracy to commit bribery.

According to the Washington Post, the indictment against Menendez alleged that he and his wife took hundreds of thousands of US dollars in bribes, with the aim of benefiting the Egyptian government and the Democratic senator. The indictment also points out that some of these alleged bribes included gold bars for him and his wife.

In a statement, Menendez rejected the numerous resignation calls he received from other Democratic leaders, claiming that the American justice points out that an individual is innocent until proven guilty. He also said he intends to keep fighting for the “people of New Jersey” with the same record of “success” he has shown over the last five decades.

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