Who’s Bob Menendez? New Jersey’s senator charged with corruption has faced similar accusations before

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Sen. Bob Menendez’s defense against new federal corruption charges against him

his wife and business associates Friday revealed that he’s adopting the same defiant stance he took when he faced federal accusations nearly a decade ago.

A three-term senator who has held office at every level across New Jersey’s rough-and-tumble political landscape,

Menendez vowed to fight the latest set of charges and questioned the veracity of the indictment.

In almost the same language he used in 2017 after a mistrial on federal corruption charges, he cast the indictment Friday in political terms and vowed to continue his work in the Senate.

“For years, forces behind the scenes have repeatedly attempted to silence my voice and dig my political grave,” Menendez said in a statement.

It was an echo from six years earlier, when he addressed “those who were digging my political grave” and told them he would not forget who they were.