Democrat Menendez off to Caribbean during break in NJ corruption trial

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez is spending time in the Caribbean during a break from his corruption trial, where he stands accused of accepting generous gifts in exchange for using his power to help a wealthy friend.

The New Jersey Democrat headed to Puerto Rico on Thursday to evaluate federal authorities’ response to the damage caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

He was expected to “meet with local officials and residents on the ground to assess how Congress can help provide necessary resources,” Menendez’s office said in a statement.

During a news conference Thursday, Menendez said he would meet with Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello on Friday to think of ways the federal government can…

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