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U.S. prosecutors won't retry Sen. Menendez on corruption charges


New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez’s run for reelection this November can proceed without a lingering cloud of corruption.

Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that they will not retry the Garden State Democrat on the influence-peddling charges that put his career in jeopardy and led to a hung jury two months ago.

A motion to dismiss the charges was filed one week after Newark Federal Judge William Walls tossed out some of the pending charges against Menendez, 64.

“From the very beginning, I never wavered in my innocence and my belief that justice would prevail,” Menendez said in a statement. “I thank God for hearing my prayers and for giving me strength during this difficult time.”

Feds to retry Sen. Robert Menendez on bribery, corruption charges

The two-term senator is expected to run for re-election in the November mid-term elections.

Menendez was accused of swapping his political influence for gifts and campaign donations from his longtime friend, Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen, 63.

Both had denied the charges. The feds on Wednesday dropped the last 11 counts brought against Menendez.

The jury in the first trial split 10-2 in favor of acquitting both men after seven tense days of deliberations.

Prosecutors initially declared their intention to retry both men, but announced the reversal on the still-pending charges with no advance warning.

An outraged Menendez attacked prosecutors immediately after his Nov. 16 mistrial.

“Certain elements of the FBI and our state cannot understand or accept that the Latino kid from Union City and Hudson County can grow up to be a U.S. senator — and be honest,” he said angrily.

“I've made my share of mistakes. But my mistakes were never a crime."

Prosecutors charged the Democrat took gifts from eye doctor Melgen in return for helping his pal's girlfriends obtain U.S. visas.