GOP Targets Menendez for Missing Senate Votes During Trial

WASHINGTON — As the courtroom drama heats up in Sen. Bob Menendez ’s trial, the New Jersey lawmaker’s seat in the Senate has gone cold.

One Republican group, America Rising PAC, created a new site dedicated to tracking just how many votes Menendez is missing in Washington because of his ongoing federal trial in Newark.

As of Thursday afternoon, the site — – has tracked eight missed votes.

“This is just the first week and there’s no telling how long this trial is going to go,” said Alex Smith, executive director of America Rising PAC. “There are important legislative priorities that are coming up this fall and I think the Garden State is definitely going to be missing out on one of its votes.”

Menendez, who maintains his innocence of all public corruption charges, wants to be in the Senate casting votes. But a federal judge rejected his request to alter dates of the trial to accommodate his voting schedule.

But Republicans who want to flip Menendez’s seat into the GOP column have no problem portraying the criminal defendant as MIA Bob.

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