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Judge to decide whether Menendez corruption trial stays in New Jersey or moves to Washington

FILE - In this April 2, 2015, file photo, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez waits to speak outside federal court in Newark, N.J. A federal judge in Newark is scheduled to hear oral arguments Tuesday, June 16, 2015, on whether the corruption case against Sen. Bob Menendez stays in New Jersey or is moved to Washington. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

FILE - In this April 2, 2015, file photo, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez waits to speak outside federal court in Newark, N.J. A federal judge in Newark is scheduled to hear oral arguments Tuesday, June 16, 2015, on whether the corruption case against Sen. Bob Menendez stays in New Jersey or is moved to Washington. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)  (The Associated Press)

Attorneys in the corruption case of New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez will argue in court over whether his trial should be held in his home state or Washington, D.C.

A federal judge in Newark is to hear arguments Tuesday.

Menendez is charged with accepting gifts and donations totaling about $1 million from Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen in exchange for political favors. Melgen also is charged in the 22-count indictment.

Menendez's attorneys want the case moved to Washington. They contend the vast majority of the alleged illegal actions by Menendez occurred in the nation's capital, and say a trial in New Jersey would disrupt Menendez's Senate duties.

Government prosecutors argue the case should stay in New Jersey because Menendez is a resident there and received the gifts that led to the alleged illegal activity there.