Senator Menendez delivered short remarks a few minutes after 7:30pm, followed by the same statement in Spanish. He took no questions. Text is on the jump page. Watch:
Text of Menendez’ statement is on the jump page.
Thank you for being here.
Let me be very clear – very clear. I have always conducted myself appropriately and in accordance with the law. Every action that I and my office have taken for the last 23 years that I have been privileged to be in the United States Congress has been based on pursuing the best policies for the people of New Jersey and of this entire country. Now, anybody who knows me knows that I fight for the things that I believe are important. Like making sure victims of Superstorm Sandy have the tools they need to rebuild their lives. Or making certain that Iran never – never – achieves the ability to produce nuclear weapons. I’ve always worked to keep New Jersey families safe, keep our ports secure, and keep the promise we made after September 11th to keep our first responders fully equipped and staffed. There may be no member of Congress who fought harder than I did to get the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations into public law.
So, I fight for these issues and for the people of our country every single day. That’s who I am. And I am not going anywhere.
As to Dr. Melgen, anyone who knows us knows that he and his family and me and my family have been real friends for more than two decades. We celebrated holidays together, we have been there for family weddings and sad times like 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. The time may come to do that, and I hope you’ll understand.
Menendez then delivered his message in Spanish.
He took no questions.