‘Gold Bar Bob’ Menendez Moves to Run for Re-Election on Independent Ballot

Disgraced Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is moving to leave his party and run for re-election as an independent, according to reports.

Menendez has reportedly been passing around a petition that would allow him to appear on an independent ballot in November.

The New Jersey Globe reported that “Gold Bar Bob” Menendez is trying to get signatures from 800 registered voters in the state.

Doing so would allow the embattled senator to get on the ballot as an independent.

Menendez said he would not seek re-election on the Democrat ticket after he was indicted for taking bribes from three New Jersey businessmen in November.

One of the businessmen has flipped on Menendez and will testify against him at the trial.

He stepped down from his chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee after the indictment.

However, has refused to resign his seat even when many Democrat politicians in his state asked him to do so.

Additional charges were added to the indictment in January.

The indictment alleges he took bribes and gifts from the Qatari royal family in exchange for speaking positively about Qatar.

A raid on his home found almost $500,000 in cash, gold bars, and luxury gifts such as watches and a Mercedes-Benz.

His wife Nadine is being tried separately from him.

However, her trial has been delayed due to a breast cancer diagnosis and the need for immediate treatment for the disease.

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The trial on Menendez’s charges started May 13 and is still underway.

On a recent day in court, jurors passed around a bag containing gold bars that were seized from the Menendez home.

The deadline for Menendez to get the signatures is June 4, just days away.

Although the senator undoubtedly still has the support of some constituents in the state, his independent candidacy could be a spoiler.

The move would most likely see the seat turn to Republican as Menendez and the Democrat candidate split the liberal votes.

It is unlikely that Menendez would win as an independent, however.

Still, he could use his candidacy as a bargaining chip to stay in his seat longer.

If he does manage to get on the ballot, he could still withdraw by August 16.

His position as a candidate has been diminished not only by the indictment but by his cash position since then.

He reportedly had $8.5 million cash on hand before the indictment.

He now has only $3.5 million, according to a recent filing.

It will be interesting to see how the Democrat establishment responds to the threat of losing a precious Senate seat.

READ MORE – Fetterman Blasts Fellow Democrats for Allowing ‘Sleazeball’ Menendez to Remain in Senate

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By Nick R. Hamilton

Nick has a broad background in journalism, business, and technology. He covers news on cryptocurrency, traditional assets, and economic markets.

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