Hillary Clinton's Van Crashes Upon Arrival at Menendez Fundraiser

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October 16, 2018

Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's van was involved in a minor accident on Monday while pulling into the parking garage to attend a fundraising event for Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.).

Menendez faces a tough general election with tightening polls months after the Senate Ethics Committee admonished him for violation of Senate rules. A mistrial was declared in Menendez's corruption trial earlier this year.

The New Jersey Democrat faces Republican Bob Hugin at the polls in November.

In the video, which was obtained by NKT Network,  Clinton's van can be seen turning sharply in the parking garage and hitting what appears to be a pole.

Clinton and her long-time aide, Huma Abedin, can be seen emerging unharmed from the vehicle moments later. The National Republican Senatorial Committee criticized Clinton for stumping for Menendez.

"Hillary Clinton continues to prove how tone deaf she is, raising money for disgraced Senator Bob Menendez, who was indicted for bribery under her old boss, President Obama. Bob Menendez is a crook, and it will take a lot more than a fundraiser with Hillary to convince New Jerseyans otherwise," Bob Salera, the NRSC spokesman, said.

Clinton's attendance at the Menendez event was annoucened in early September, the Free Beacon previously reported:

An invitation sent out by the group Women for Menendez announced that on Oct. 15 the senator will be joined by Clinton at the Liberty Prime Steakhouse in Jersey City to fundraise for the Menendez Victory Fund.

Price for admission to the event starts at $250, though those seats are listed as limited availability. The cost for "friends" is $500 and $1000 at the supporter level, per person. In order to attend the reception and get a picture with Clinton and Menendez, a person will have to donate $2,700 to $5,400.

Clinton's appearance on Monday was lauded by the New Jersey Democratic Party.