Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) should be in huge trouble. Last week, I called for his immediate resignation not due to the ongoing Dominican Republic underage prostitute allegations, rather is $60,000 late “payment” to a political friend and donor for two chartered jet flights to the island.
During a CNN interview yesterday, Menendez said he paid for the two flights aboard the private jet once he found out about the “oversight.” Another New Jersey Republican made a complaint to the Senate’s Ethics Committee, and as soon as the senator found out about the “oversight” he paid the bill. It’s funny how ethic reviews and FBI investigations can bring these bill-paying mistakes to light.
To put this in perspective, Menendez makes $174,000 per year as a United States Senator before taxes. Let’s say his average state and federal tax rate totals 35 percent (I’m using a low estimate). That means Menendez wrote a check for more than one-half of his total net income for two private jet flights.
How about Menendez’s net worth? OpenSecrets.org lists his net worth at between $317,000 and $680,000, with an average estimated current net worth of about $500,000. That means Menendez wrote a personal reimbursement check estimated to be about 12 percent of is total net worth. Somewhere between 9 percent and 20 percent is the true figure.
This is amazing to me! This guy is dirty, we all know it. May I suggest Menendez have his spokesperson come out and announce the good senator has invoked the Anthony Weiner / Patrick Kennedy / Jessie Jackson Jr. card and checked himself in for treatment somewhere?