WASHINGTON - The U.S. Justice Department said on Friday it plans to retry Democratic U.S. Senator Robert Menendez on bribery and corruption charges after a jury was deadlocked during a trial in November.
The government is seeking the "earliest possible date" for a retrial, according to a court filing. Menendez, who has represented New Jersey in the Senate since 2006, is expected to run for another six-year term this year, and the state's Democratic leaders have endorsed his bid despite the charges.
"The decision to retry this case was made based on the facts and the law, following a careful review," the Justice Department said in a statement.
Menendez, 64, is accused of accepting private flights, campaign contributions and other bribes from a wealthy patron, Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, in exchange for official favors.