Embattled Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez said through a spokesman Wednesday that trips he took on the private jet of a major political donor “have been paid for and reported appropriately.”
But that may not have been accurate until shortly before the statement went out to media: WNBC-TV4 in
New York City
reported Wednesday that Menendez recently wrote a $58,500 check to the jet’s
owner, Florida eye doctor Salomon
“Senator Menendez has traveled on Dr. Melgen’s plane on three occasions, all of which have been paid for and reported appropriately,” the statement said.
Menendez’s chief of staff, Dan O’Brien, told NBC that it took the senator three years to pay his private airfare because of an office mistake.
“This was sloppy,” O’Brien conceded about two 2010 flights. “I’m chalking it up to an oversight…
Source: Daily Caller