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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

A Bob Menendez Flip Flop

Just wanted to remind everyone about another contradictory story Bob Menendez has told concerning his rental deal with a federally funded non-profit agency.

1996 Excuse:
“Menendez said he had no hand in arranging the lease, which was handled by a real estate agent and lawyers for the North Hudson Community Action Corp., and did not realize his building would be housing a federally funded agency until after the deal was done.” -- Jersey Journal - 1996

2006 Excuse:
“Menendez said he didn't see any conflict of interest in the rental arrangement because the House ethics committee gave him a verbal green light before the lease agreement was finalized. He also argued that he rented the property at below-market rates.” -- Philadelphia Inquirer - 2006

Below market-rates to all comers? House ethics committee "green light" before, after or never? This is one of the reasons Bob Menendez is under criminal investigation.

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At 1:53 PM, Anonymous njcons said...

It doesn't matter. The idiots in this State will vote for him anyway.

At 2:49 PM, Blogger Dino P. Crocetti said...

I agree. I really hope I'm wrong, but I think it might be too little, too late.

Menendez's people have been a spending juggernaut, buying whatever television and radio airspace they can and it seems like the Kean campaign is waiting until the day after Election Day to fire their cannons.

It's very frustrating to watch.

At 4:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

as a former nj resident watching from afar i can only say that i sympathize with you. my bet is that menendez wins by a "sharpe james" margin, then is indicted sometime after he takes office. is forced to resign. and the muni bond salesman in trenton appoints yet another unelected official in nj.

At 5:26 PM, Blogger Trochilus said...

Wait a second folks.

The biggest contradiction in all of this is that ten years ago he said he had no hand in the rental at all; he said didn't realize that it would be rented to a federally funded agency until afterward.

If that was so, what reason did he have to seek an opinion, verbal or otherwise, on whether the proposed rental of the building was ethical?

Enlighten's point is that of those things cannot possibly be true. One or the other might be true, or both could be false. But both of them cannot possibly be true.

That is something that Menendez should be very publicly challenged on, and before the election.

At 3:27 AM, Anonymous Jim - PRS said...


We got the point. We are lamenting the sad reality that only in New Jersey would a guy this cruddy even have a ghost of a chance at being elected, much less being a favorite to win. (Except for, maybe, Massachusetts)

At 8:36 AM, Blogger KingDrudge said...

It pains me to say this but New Jersey is beyond the point of being saved. If someone as pathetic as Menendez has a any chance in hell of becoming a senator then that tells you what future lies for NJ. I lived in this beautiful state since I was 6 and a part of me doesnt look forward to day when I decided to pick up and move but if you think I can live in a state where I am represented by Corzine, Lautenburg, and Menendez you are sadly mistaken.

At 8:39 AM, Blogger KingDrudge said...

You must also remember that NJ is 20% union and 30% foreign born residents so does that explain why we get the assclowns also known as politicians in Trenton that we get.

At 9:46 AM, Blogger Dino P. Crocetti said...

If voter apathy weren't so prevalent in New Jersey, Kean would be winning by a landslide right now. Remember that it is apathy and nepotism that Bob Menendez has thrived on his entire political career.

As Yogi Berra once said however, it ain't over till it's over.

At 6:53 PM, Blogger KingDrudge said...

Dont worry Dino, I will vote for Kean. I was gonna sit home because Im so fed up with Bush and his big government conservatism but what Kerry said pissed me off so much I have decided to get off my ass and vote Nov.7. I cannot sit home and hand this nation over the Menendez Pelosi Kerry wing of the Democratic party. I just hope its enough to get Kean over the finish line. Im not a big fan of Kean but for heaven's sake NJ needs change and sometimes you just gotta start somewhere.


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