Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.). Photo: Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The editorial board of New Jersey’s largest newspaper, the Star-Ledger, endorsed embattled Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez’s re-election bid on Sunday, telling voters that while the “race presents the most depressing choice for New Jersey voters in a generation,” they should “choke down their reluctance and vote for Menendez.”

The details: Despite being indicted on corruption charges in 2015, which were later dropped after a judge declared a mistrial due to a deadlocked jury, the board concluded that Menendez will be far better than his Republican challenger, Bob Hugin, at safeguarding voters against President Trump. "The question is which candidate can best fight Trump's toxic policies, his grotesque appeals to racial and ethnic tribalism, and his corrosive attacks on the pillars of our democracy, starting with the rule of law," the endorsement reads. Meanwhile, the Cook Political Report rated this race a toss-up on Friday.

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