The Prisoner and The Politician: I-Team Looks Back At Torricelli Corruption Allegations - NBC New York

The Prisoner and The Politician: I-Team Looks Back At Torricelli Corruption Allegations

As U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez went to trial this week charged with using his influence to do favors for a Florida eye doctor, a former senator penned an Op-Ed on the topic.

Former Sen. Robert Torricelli wrote the Op-Ed, published on NorthJersey.com Friday, about ethics and corruption in light of the trial. 

Here is the special report NBC 4 aired in 2002 about Torricelli’s own woes, which in part led to his leaving office with the balance of power in the Senate at stake.

In the interview, convicted fundraiser David Chang told investigative reporter Jonathan Dienst his mistake had been meeting Torricelli.

“I don’t consider he is a senator. I consider he is a master criminal," Chang said. 

“My reputation is not David Chang’s opportunity to get out of jail free," Torricelli retorted at the time. Days after that interview with NBC 4 aired, Torricelli dropped out of his re-election bid.

Frank Lautenberg ended up replacing Torricelli on the ballot and went on to win the election – holding the seat for the Democrats.

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