NEWARK — Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) declared himself back from the political dead Thursday, after his months-long bribery trial ended in a mistrial that could spell long-term difficulties for the federal government’s ability to pursue corruption cases.
Menendez, a senior lawmaker who has spent years fighting the charges, broke down crying as he addressed cheering supporters outside the courthouse.
“Today is Resurrection Day,’’ he said. “Anyone who knows me knows I never seek a fight, but I never shy away from one either. This was not a fair fight.’’
The senator’s jubilation may be short-lived. Justice Department officials said they would review the case to decide whether to put him on trial again, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called for a Senate ethics probe based on the charges in the case.
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