Sen. Bob Menendez’s Wife Nadine Being Treated for Breast Cancer Amid Corruption Trial

Sen. Bob Menendez's Wife Nadine Being Treated for Breast Cancer Amid Corruption Trial
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In a state­ment issued on Thurs­day, Sen­a­tor Bob Menen­dez (D‑NJ) revealed that his wife, Nadine Menen­dez, is under­go­ing treat­ment for breast can­cer. The announce­ment comes as the sen­a­tor stands tri­al on fed­er­al cor­rup­tion charges.

Accord­ing to Menen­dez, Nadine, 57, has been diag­nosed with “Grade 3 breast can­cer” and will under­go a mas­tec­to­my. He stat­ed that she will also require fol­low-up surgery and pos­si­bly radi­a­tion treatment.

“We are of course con­cerned about the seri­ous­ness and advanced stage of the dis­ease,” the 70-year-old sen­a­tor said in his state­ment. “We hope and pray for the best results.”

The Menen­dez fam­i­ly’s health update comes just a day after lawyers for the sen­a­tor claimed in court that Nadine was to blame for the stash of gold bars found in their home, which pros­e­cu­tors allege were bribes. Nadine’s tri­al had pre­vi­ous­ly been post­poned for undis­closed health reasons.

In his state­ment, Menen­dez said Nadine asked him to make her diag­no­sis pub­lic due to “con­stant press inquiries and reporters fol­low­ing [her].” The sen­a­tor asked for pri­va­cy as his wife under­goes treat­ment for the seri­ous illness.

This devel­op­ment adds a per­son­al health cri­sis to the legal chal­lenges fac­ing the long­time Demo­c­ra­t­ic sen­a­tor from New Jer­sey. Menen­dez and his wife both plead­ed not guilty to the fed­er­al cor­rup­tion charges they are now fight­ing in court.

The Menen­dez fam­i­ly’s strug­gle with Nadine’s breast can­cer diag­no­sis will like­ly gar­ner sig­nif­i­cant pub­lic atten­tion as the high-pro­file cor­rup­tion tri­al con­tin­ues. The sen­a­tor’s request for pri­va­cy dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time will be an impor­tant con­sid­er­a­tion as the case progresses.

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