Bob Menendez pal Salmon Melgen is not expected to make the kickoff today in Union City launching another Senate bid of his close friend due to a conviction for defrauding Medicare to the tune of $105 million.
Up the hill in Union City today, there’s an announcement featuring NJ Sen. Bob Menendez. Having successfully escaped conviction on federal corruption charges in November, another Senate campaign is in the offing. Other Soprano State officials are expected to gather in support including Governor Phil Murphy, Sen. Cory Booker but everyone wants to know if Hoboken’s new mayor Ravi Bhalla will make the big time Soprano State photo op.
Menendez escaped the fate of his friend who went down in a related corruption trial last year and Department of Justice officials first signaled the mistrial would return for another round. They later reconsidered and pulled the plug. Some expect Menendez will be working overtime behind the scenes as the HudCo Machine ramps up its civil war.