Dem Sen. Bob Menendez Filing To Run For Reelection As Independent

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., center, leads lawmakers in drafting legislation that would show support for the people of Ukraine and send a get-tough message to Russian President Vladimir Putin for taking over the Crimea region, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Before a planned meeting with acting Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk, Menendez said Putin has miscalculated by playing a game of Russian roulette with the international community. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., will file to run for reelection as an independent, it was reported Monday.

Menendez, currently on trial in New York City and facing federal bribery charges, will file nominating petitions in Trenton, New Jersey, the New Jersey Globe reported.

The outlet added Menendez will have a friend deliver the documents to the state Division of Elections on Monday to beat Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline.

The senator, seeking a fourth term, announced in late-March that he would not run for reelection this fall as a Democrat.

NBC News reported last week that Menendez had accumulated the requisite number of signatures to gain ballot access for November’s general election.

Running as an independent allows Menendez to keep fundraising in an effort to cover his legal bills, which have hit $2 million, according to NBC News.

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