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Bob ‘gold bars’ Menendez files as independent for Senate bid amid bribery trial

Bob ‘gold bars’ Menendez files as independent for Senate bid amid bribery trial
Menendez’s independent campaign is largely believed to be a way to allow him to keep fundraising for his legal defense

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Embattled New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez has filed as an independent candidate for the November general election, following his loss in the Democratic primary amid an ongoing corruption scandal. Menendez, who is currently facing bribery and corruption-related charges, is seeking to keep fundraising for his legal defense through his independent campaign. Despite facing a trial in the Southern District of New York, Menendez collected over 2,000 signatures to support his candidacy as an independent. His trial is expected to continue through the end of the month, and he has until August 16 to decide whether to continue with his election campaign. Menendez's independent bid has raised concerns from his Democratic opponent, Representative Andy Kim, who warns that it could split the Democratic vote and benefit the GOP. The senator's decision to run as an independent is seen as a way to take advantage of a federal campaign finance law loophole.

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