Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on corruption charges, denies them, and refuses to resign.

Democrats pressure Menendez to step down, arguing he cannot effectively represent his constituents while under indictment. 

Democrats pressure Menendez to step down, arguing he cannot effectively represent his constituents while under indictment.

Others say Menendez should be allowed to remain in office until convicted, but pressure is mounting and his decision could impact the balance of power in the Senate. 

Menendez's resignation would be a major victory for Republicans, and his decision could also have a ripple effect on other Democrats facing legal challenges. 

Menendez is the first sitting senator indicted on corruption charges since 2008. 

If Menendez is convicted of the charges against him, he could face up to 20 years in prison.  

The special election to fill Menendez's seat would be held in 2024, which is the same year as the presidential election.  

Menendez has stepped down from his position as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee until the matter has been resolved. 

Menendez is a powerful senator who has served in office for over 20 years. He also has a strong base of support in New Jersey. 

Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to resign is up to Menendez. He will need to weigh the political and legal consequences of his decision, and he will need to decide what is best for himself, his constituents, and the Democratic Party.