Business as usual for Menendez amid investigations

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Associated Press

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 3:34 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 26 at 7:04 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beyond the investigations, it's business as usual for Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez.

The new Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman presides over hearings on North Korea and travels to Afghanistan and Pakistan. As a New Jersey senator, he welcomes professors and students from Rutgers University and the state's National Council of Jewish Women.

And as a Cuban-American, Menendez has been working into the evening daily with other senators on overhauling the nation's immigration system.

Still, he is enduring potentially career-ending investigations into whether he pushed the business interests of a friend and top donor, Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen.

Menendez insists he acted appropriately and will be cleared. And colleagues say the investigations haven't distracted him from his work. The senator says he hasn't missed a beat.

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