Senate Judiciary Committee member, Michael Testa, called on the Legislature to return to Trenton immediately to authorize subpoena power for the Senate Judiciary Committee and retain special counsel to facilitate a thorough investigation of the New Jersey Attorney General's Office handling of a 2019 prosecution involving a businessman with ties to U.S. Senator Bob Menendez.
"When you have allegations of elected officials pressuring our State attorney general's office to influence the outcome of a prosecution, the State must demand answers. We cannot ignore the alleged corruption and influence peddling that occurred within our State offices," said Testa (R-1). "The Legislature must return to Trenton immediately and give the Senate Judiciary Committee the power and resources to demand answers from the attorney general's office regarding this serious and egregious matter."
Initial press reports indicate that former New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal was named in the indictment of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez today over an alleged attempt from the senator to influence a prosecution led by the State. The defendant in the case ultimately pled guilty to the State's charges but did not serve jail time.
Senator Testa is calling on the Legislature to demand answers from the Attorney General's Office regarding this 2019 prosecution.