Senator Bob Menendez Faces Calls to Resign Amid Corruption and Bribery Charges

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New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez and his wife are facing corruption and bribery charges, leading to calls for his resignation. Menendez remains defiant and believes he will be exonerated. If he were to unexpectedly resign, the focus pivots to Gov. Phil Murphy, who will appoint Menendez’ replacement. New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Gov. Murphy have both suggested that Menendez should step down. If Menendez resigns, Murphy would appoint a replacement to serve until January 2025. There’s speculation that he might choose either Rep. Andy Kim or Rep. Mikie Sherrill, both Democrats, potentially making history as New Jersey’s first Asian-American senator or first female senator, respectively. Menendez, however, maintains his innocence and vows to continue fighting for his constituents.