NEWARK — “Unusual.” “Odd.” “Just different.”

Those were some of the ways prosecution witnesses on Thursday described the actions taken by Senator Robert Menendez and his aides on behalf of a wealthy friend and political donor.

Federal prosecutors say that in exchange for Mr. Menendez’s help, the friend, Dr. Salomon Melgen, an ophthalmologist in Florida, provided Mr. Menendez with lavish gifts, including rides on his private planes, rooms in luxury hotels and hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions to the senator’s campaign efforts.

Senator Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, and Dr. Melgen …read more

Source: New York Times

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