American Mirror: Phil Murphy, Democratic candidate for governor of New Jersey, doesn’t want to “speculate” on whether Sen. Bob Menendez should resign if he’s convicted of corruption in his ongoing trial.
At the final gubernatorial debate Wednesday night, CBS2’s Kristine Johnson posed the question.
“If Senator Menendez is convicted of corruption, should he resign?” Johnson asked.
Murphy didn’t hesitate.
“Listen, I think any speculation on someone who is in the middle of a trial is a complete waste of time,” he said. “So the answer is he’s innocent until proven guilty, and let’s see how this turns out. Period.”
“But if he is proven guilty, and convicted, will you ask him to resign?” Johnson pressed.
“I’m not going to speculate. I’ll wait to see how this turns out. That’s what we all should do,” Murphy said. “The lieutenant governor is a lawyer and she should would also know persons are allowed their full extent of the law.”
Despite Democratic candidate’s attempt to put words in the mouth of his opponent, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, she offered a much different response.
“Mrs. Guadagno, should Senator Menendez be convicted of corruption, should he resign?” Johnson questioned.
“Absolutely,” Guadagno said. “It is an embarrassment that Phil Murphy has stood silently by the side of Senator Menendez for two years while he’s been under indictment. It will be an even greater embarrassment if we have a United States senator representing the State of New Jersey in the Senate in Washington D.C.”