Newark, NJ –   U.S. Senator Bob Menendez made the following statement tonight: 

“Let me be very clear:  I have always conducted myself appropriately and in accordance with the law.    Every action I and my office have taken for the 23 years that I have been privileged to serve in the US Congress has been based on pursuing the best policies for the people of New Jersey and of this entire country.  

“Anyone who knows me, knows I fight for the things that are important – like making sure victims of Superstorm Sandy have the tools they need to rebuild their lives or making certain Iran never, ever achieves the ability to produce nuclear weapons, or ensuring our health care system works for all Americans and is run properly. 

“I’ve always worked to keep New Jersey families safe, keep our ports secure, and keep the promise we made after 9-11 to keep our first responders fully equipped and staffed.   There may be no Member of Congress who fought harder than me to turn the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations into public law.   I fight for the things I believe in and the people of our country every single day.. 

“That’s who I am.   And I’m not going anywhere.

“As to Dr. Melgen, everyone knows he and his family, and me and my family, have been real friends for more than two decades.  We celebrate holidays together, have been there for family weddings and funerals, and have given each other birthday, holiday, and wedding presents – just as friends do. 

“Lastly, because there is an ongoing inquiry, as much as I would like to, I cannot make any additional comments or answer any questions.  That time may come and I hope you all will understand.”