Menendez to face challenger for Democratic Senate nomination
TRENTON (AP) - A Democratic political pundit and attorney is challenging Sen. Robert Menendez for their party's nomination.
Michael Starr Hopkins has filed paperwork to run in the June primary against the two-term incumbent, who's facing a retrial on federal corruption charges after his first trial ended in a hung jury last fall.
Hopkins says it's important politicians reflect their constituents' values. The Jersey City resident outlined his reasons for seeking the seat in an op-ed piece discussing issues such as health care, education and taxes.
Hopkins has been a public defender in New York and a political commentator on Fox News and other major networks. He's a contributing writer for the Huffington Post and The Hill and worked on Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign last year in Colorado.
Menendez has denied allegations of bribery, fraud and conspiracy.
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US prosecutors won't retry Menendez on corruption charges
Federal prosecutors decided Wednesday not to retry Sen. Bob Menendez on corruption charges that ended in a hung jury last fall, lifting the legal cloud hanging over the New Jersey Democrat as he gears up for re-election this year to the closely divided Senate.