NEWARK – The corruption trial of New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez has ended in a hung jury, after jurors were unable to bridge their differences during eight days of deliberations.
Judge William Walls declared a mistrial in the case this afternoon, yielding to the jurors’ second plea that they were hopelessly deadlocked.
It may not be the end of Menendez’s self-described odyssey to clear his name from charges of bribery, conspiracy and false statements. It is not immediately clear if the Department of Justice will attempt to retry the case.
The senator is up for re-election in 2018. The traditional start of the campaign season was delayed by the New Jersey governor’s race, but it may not be exaggeration to say the senate race kicks into high gear today.