Senator Menendez Loses Public Trust

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New Jersey has a long history of electing politicians who don’t hold the state’s or the country’s best interest to a high standard. Unsurprisingly, Bob Menendez is the latest politician to join numerous others, such as Woodrow Wilson, Jon Corzine, Cory Booker, Chris Christie, and Jim McGreevey as a politician from New Jersey who clearly puts personal interests before Constitutional oaths.

As CNN first reported on March 6, the Justice Department is considering bringing federal criminal charges against Senator Bob Menendez, the ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee. It was said that Menendez used his political influence to secure government contracts with the Dominican Republic for a Florida eye surgeon who happened to donate more than $33,000 to Menendez’s political campaigns since 2004.

As a constituent, I am deeply concerned that Bob Menendez would use his office to further personal gains over profoundly defending and standing up for the Constitution. Senator, I respect your Constitutional rights, and presuming you are innocent, your actions nonetheless embody the prevailing stereotype that Washington DC is severely out of touch with mainstream America. I urge you to take some time away from public service in order to better relay to the people in your home state and fellow co-workers that surround you that your interests don’t lie with them nor with the Constitution, but with donors from various states and countries that have little interest in preserving the dignity of the Constitution.

With all due respect Senator, this isn’t about politics. This is about trust and power. New Jersey trusted you to uphold the oath of office by defending the Constitution, but your actions and power awarded you with the opportunity to defy both. You may be an honorable man, and while our opinions are clearly quite different on a day-to-day basis, abusing your power doesn’t give you the ability to take advantage of the trust that was given to you. Whether you are innocent or not, you have failed New Jersey in this respect.

You don’t represent me, and quite frankly, you don’t represent the people of New Jersey.

An aspiring filmmaker with a passion for liberty-minded politics, Charles Barr resides in Monmouth County, New Jersey and graduated Montclair State University with a double major in communication and political science. Charles has volunteered for various campaigns including Ron Paul for President in 2012, Steve Lonegan for US Senate, and Brian Goldberg for US Senate. In addition to politics, Charles was the assistant director for the feature length film, My Brother’s Girlfriend that was accepted to the 2015 New York Film Festival. He previously interned for Congressman Tom MacArthur and volunteered for Q Rim for State Assembly.