Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop wasted little time in coming to the defense of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), who was indicted minutes ago on federal corruption charges including conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bribery.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
In a written statement, Fulop called Menendez a “remarkable fighter” for New Jerseyans, before stressing that an indictment means innocent until proven guilty.
“I’ll express the same sentiments that I conveyed when we learned of a suspicious leak that started this conversation – anyone who makes an assumption that discounts Bob Menendez is underestimating the Senator, as he has proven to be a remarkable fighter on behalf of the residents of New Jersey, tackling international policy issues,” Fulop proclaimed.
”Furthermore, Senator Menendez continues to champion causes that keep our residents safe while advocating for issues that impact working families in New Jersey on a daily basis.”
“Unfortunately, accusations are nothing new in politics and Senator Menendez, like all Americans, is entitled to a presumption of innocence, which is what should be offered today, especially after reflecting on the Senator’s record of service, commitment to residents, lack of facts and circumstances that involve leaked information.”
Hudson County View is awaiting to hear back from other local politicians regarding Menendez’s indictment.