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2020 Hopeful Neglects Senate Duties to Attend Menendez’s Federal Corruption Trial

Shouldn’t New Jerseyans have at least one senator who is in Washington, D.C.?

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), who has long been mentioned as a possible Democratic candidate for president in 2020, skipped out on his responsibilities to the people of New Jersey on Wednesday so that he could attended Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) federal bribery trial in Newark, NJ instead.

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Andrew Seidman‏ tweeted that Booker was in a federal courthouse chatting with Menendez during a break.

Other reporters at the trial also reported on Booker’s attendance and how he embraced Menendez during one of the breaks:

While, Booker was busy embracing Menendez, he was also simultaneously skipping out on his responsibility to represent the people of New Jersey.

The Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, which Booker sits on, was holding a hearing titled, “Risk of Waste, Fraud and Abuse in the Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline Program.”

According to the committee’s website, the hearing was to address:

“The Lifeline program, which subsidizes telephone and broadband service for low-income consumers, was the subject of a recent study by the independent Government Accountability Office (GAO). In its report, GAO describes recurring failures of evaluation and oversight creating persistent risk of waste, fraud, and abuse and threatening the ability of Lifeline to serve its intended purpose.”

Booker also missed out on a joint press conference that House and Senate Democrats held to criticize President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Menendez and his co-defendant in the case, Dr. Salomon Melgen, are facing 18 counts of fraud and bribery. Experts speculate that Menendez is “in very serious trouble in this trial.”

If Menendez is convicted, the picture of Booker and Menendez embracing might very well sink Booker’s 2020 ambitions before they start.