Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) has found himself in hot legal water once again, and calls are mounting for him to resign at this point.
According to Fox News, the calls aren't just coming from his opposition across the aisle, rather, they're coming from top players in the Democratic Party.
Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is the latest to call for the senator's resignation, following bombshell news that he had been indicted on three bribery counts.
The indictment includes his wife, and three other New Jersey businessmen.
The charges are serious in nature, and the indictment stated they they took "hundreds of thousands of dollars of bribes in exchange for using Menendez's power and influence as a senator to seek to protect and enrich Hana, Uribe, and Daibes and to benefit the Arab Republic of Egypt."
U.S. Attorney Damian Williams announced the charges Friday during a press conference.
A press event will be held today at 11:00 a.m. to announce the unsealing of an indictment charging Robert Menendez, U.S. Senator from New Jersey, and his wife, Nadine Menendez, with bribery offenses in connection with their corrupt relationship with three New Jersey businessmen. pic.twitter.com/CLTXnU0mAm
— US Attorney SDNY (@SDNYnews) September 22, 2023
"Today, I'm announcing that my office has obtained a three count indictment charging Senator Robert Menendez, his wife, Nadine Menendez, and three New Jersey businessmen, Wael Hana, Jose Uribe and Fred Daibes for bribery offenses," Williams said.
Fox News noted:
The alleged bribes included gold, cash, payments toward a mortgage, compensation for a low-or-no-show job, a luxury car, and "other things of value."
The reported bribes that included Menendez and his wife spanned from 2018 through 2022.
The New Jersey governor held nothing back in a statement demanding the embattled Senate Democrat step down from his elected position.
"The allegations in the indictment against Senator Menendez and four other defendants are deeply disturbing. These are serious charges that implicate national security and the integrity of our criminal justice system.
"Under our legal system, Senator Menendez and the other defendants have not been found guilty and will have the ability to present evidence disputing these charges, and we must respect the process," Murphy said. "However, the alleged facts are so serious that they compromise the ability of Senator Menendez to effectively represent the people of our state. Therefore, I am calling for his immediate resignation."
In a state already stained with a history of corruption, it's no wonder the governor wants to help wipe the slate clean with Menendez's resignation.