New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez has entered a not guilty plea a day after being indicted on corruption charges.
He entered the plea in front of a federal judge in Newark Thursday.
Menendez was charged Wednesday with accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for a stream of political favors.
His co-defendant, Salomon Melgen, also pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors say the wealthy Florida eye doctor provided the senator with luxury vacations, airline travel and tens of thousands of dollars in contributions to a legal defense fund.
Menendez said Wednesday night that he will be vindicated and that he’s “not going anywhere.”