- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - After his indictment this week on corruption charges, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez is getting a lot of support from elected Democrats, especially in his home state.

There also is plenty of advice from former officials who have dealt with scandal themselves.

The Associated Press spoke with three of them on Thursday. Here is what they had to say about Menendez’s situation:

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FORMER GOV. JIM MCGREEVEY

McGreevey resigned in 2004 after announcing he was a “gay American” and had had an affair with a staff member.

“Bob Menendez is a dear friend, a beloved friend and in my life, he’s always fought for the disenfranchised, for the marginalized and so I pray and I hope and I wish for him that he travels through this path. His voice is a voice that has no equal in the United States Senate,” McGreevey said.

Should the senator resign as he faces charges?

“No, no, never,” he said. “What happened to the presumption of innocence?”

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FORMER NEW YORK CITY POLICE COMMISSIONER BERNARD KERIK

Kerik served prison time after pleading guilty in 2009 to a slew of charges, including criminal conspiracy and tax fraud.

“It’s extremely difficult, I mean it takes over your psyche. Somebody like him, as I did, I worked 35 years in this field and all of the sudden your entire life is on the line,” Kerik said. “I think people don’t realize when you’re under this type of investigation you are fighting for your life, literally. Because if he’s convicted, it’s a life sentence, and I don’t care what he’s convicted of, it’s going to be a life sentence of collateral damage to him and his family. So I wish him the best.”

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FORMER NEWARK MAYOR SHARPE JAMES

James, the former Newark mayor and state senator, spent 18 months in prison after being convicted in a fraud case.

“I only hope that he will not experience in the judicial system what I experienced, where it’s unfortunate I did not receive a fair trial, and I just hope that the justice system will treat him with every respect and understand that a person’s innocent until proven guilty in a court of law and that they will accord him all his rights and privileges as he tries to defend these charges against him,” James said. “But more importantly are my wishes to the senator himself and to his family because I know the humiliation and the hardship and the pain that he’s experiencing at this time. Sharpe James has been there and mine was a railroad experience by the judicial system.”


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