"The Senate campaigns should save these "gotcha" moments for discoveries of real significance," the paper wrote in an editorial headlined "Skip the charges, focus on the issues," noting that the news was unlikely to sway voters.
Is there a conflict of interest? Yes. But to be honest, it's a morsel, not a smorgasbord. For a couple of guys who've been thriving on a steady diet of Rolls Royces, hooker allegations, bundles of cash in a freezer, hundreds of millions of dollars in sham contracts and grants to politically connected organizations, and a waitress named "Brandy" -- we'd have trouble picking our teeth with this Menendez stuff.
Was Menendez squeezing the group for thousands more in rent than the market would bear? Was he earmarking funds for the group? Did the group have a history of underperformance, bankruptcy, vote-buying? Was Menendez getting kickbacks in the form of bundled donations from the charity's employees? Did the charity buy him a boat? Get him hookers?
So far, the answer to all these questions is "no." In fact, New Jerseyans didn't even get to witness the group's offices getting raided by federal agents -- no helicopters, no boxes of "evidence" being wheeled out by G-men wearing rubber gloves -- nothing. The group simply received a subpoena asking for their rental documents.
We love a good scandal. And we've watched enough seasons of the Sopranos to wonder: when it comes to political scandals, can't New Jersey offer up a lot better than this?