By Darryl R. Isherwood | January 31st, 2013 - 9:27pm
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Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg said today that the burgeoning scandal surrounding U.S. Sen Bob Menendez is a "distraction" from what's important to Garden State residents right now.

"It's very distracting," Weinberg said while aboard the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce train to Washington, D.C.  "Certainly I haven't seen anything that makes anything true. When there are side issues like this they are distracting."

Weinberg stopped short of condemning Menendez but acknowledged that much of the "buzz" on the train surrounded the scandal and Menendez in which an anonymous tipster accused the senator of having sex with prostitutes, some of them underage, while traveling in the Dominican Republic.

The story picked up steam this week when FBI agents raided the office of the campaign contributor who allegedly flew Menendez to the Dominican Republic and provided the prostitutes.

 

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 2nd

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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi

- The Daily Beast

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