Juror from Menendez’s corruption trial attends his victory party
One of the jurors from Sen. Bob. Menendez’s (D-N.J.) corruption trial attended his victory party Tuesday night, celebrating his win over Republican Bob Hugin.
A local New Jersey reporter captured a video of Evelyn Arroyo-Maultsby at Menenedez’s victory party at his headquarters in the state.
“I came out here tonight because I know Bob Menendez is a very good man,” she said in a video posted to Twitter. “I was in the courtroom and I saw all the evidence.”
She said “they didn’t have enough evidence” and “he did nothing wrong.”
“I voted for him,” she said. “I voted blue, see that?” she asked as she pulled on her “Bob Menendez for Senate” t-shirt.
Among the supporters tonight @SenatorMenendez’s HQ is Evelyn Arroyo-Maultsby, a juror on his federal corruption trial. She achieved some fame when she left the jury last year during deliberations to go on vacation. She would’ve voted for acquittal. @northjersey pic.twitter.com/mVNSJdwGtK
— Scott Fallon (@NewsFallon) November 7, 2018
Arroyo-Maultsby told media outlets last November that she continued to support the New Jersey Democrat after she was dismissed from his case. She was dismissed to go on a pre-arranged vacation to the Bahamas.
Menendez fended off a tough challenge from Hugin on Tuesday night after a campaign haunted by the specter of the widely-publicized bribery and fraud charges against him.
His trial ended in a hung jury and the Department of Justice ultimately dropped the charges, but he was “severely admonished” by the Senate Ethics Committee.
Prosecutors in Mendezez’s case alleged that he took lavish gifts, vacations and campaign contributions from a Florida eye doctor in exchange for Menendez using his office to lobby on Melgen’s behalf. He has denied the allegations.