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

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.