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"From the very beginning, I never wavered in my innocence and my belief that justice would prevail", Menendez, who is running for re-election in November, said in a statement. "We were fortunate to be able to assist this honorable man".

Menendez had faced a retrial after the first effort by prosecutors, which slogged on for nine weeks this fall, ended in a hung jury. Bob Menendez on corruption charges just one week after a federal judge threw out a number of the charges that remained pending after his November mistrial.

Menendez was accused of accepting trips, hotel stays and campaign money from Melgen and using the power of his office to help Melgen with visas for his girlfriends and in a billing dispute with the Department of Health and Human Services.

Abbe David Lowell, Menendez's attorney, added: "We are pleased and grateful that the Justice Department made the right decision to end this case".

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Sebelius testified past year during the trial that it was unusual for her to be involved in a billing dispute, and another staffer testified that Menendez had become angry during the meeting when the matter was not resolved. Prosecutors said he took gifts from Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen, including a luxury hotel stay, private jet flights and campaign donations, in exchange for which he tried to help Melgen get US visas for his girlfriends, intervened in the eye doctor's $8.9 million billing dispute with Medicare and assisted with a port security contract of Melgen's in the Dominican Republic.

"We said, 'What? Can you say that again?'" recounted Menendez attorney Ray Brown.

In the ruling, Walls found that the timing of Melgren's donations to Menendez in and of itself did not prove bribery.

The mere fact that some of the money arrived around the same time that Menendez took actions that could benefit Melgen was not enough to prove a "quid pro quo" arrangement, Walls said.

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Melgen never gave anything to Menendez, "his best friend of over 20 years, with any expectation of getting anything in return", said his lawyer, Kirk Ogrosky.

Walls also noted that the 2012 meeting with Sebelius ended Menendez's advocacy on behalf of Melgen.

"The notion to have two extraordinary senators in this state unencumbered, 1,000 percent focused on pushing forth the interests of the 9 million folks who call New Jersey home, is a new and great day", Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said at an unrelated event in Atlantic City on Wednesday.

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