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After receiving Thursday's note, U.S. District Court Judge William Walls made a decision to interview the foreman and at least one other juror in chambers, in the presence of the lawyers on the case. That could give USA prosecutors pause and could also shift public opinion in favor of Menendez, said Brigid Callahan Harrison, a political science professor at Montclair University. On Thursday, the jury said that after reviewing all the counts and evidence it was still unable to reach a unanimous verdict on any of the 18 counts.

The judge's decision closes out an 11-week criminal trial, which was at times tedious but also rife with tales of ritzy worldwide travel and sizable campaign contributions. "They are just trying to throw a good man under the bus".

Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez's political adviser says that "all things indicate" he will run for re-election next year and an announcement is likely in the "coming weeks".

A mistrial would aid Menendez by not subjecting him to pressure to step down in the event of a conviction.

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Only one sitting senator is now under indictment, and as of this afternoon, the effort to prosecute him came up short. But a similarly lengthy trial next year would cost Menendez considerable time off the campaign trail and present voters with media accounts re-airing the charges. Menendez, who has been under indictment for 2½ years, has raised more than $2.5 million this year. The federal bribery trial of Menendez ended in a mistrial Thursday when the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on all charges against the New Jersey politician and a wealthy donor.

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Judge William Walls declared the mistrial Thursday.

Walls could have instructed the jury it is allowed to reach a verdict on some counts but not others, though that type of instruction typically would have followed a note from the jury inquiring about that option. Menendez's lawyers had likewise hoped to get the case against the senator dismissed, but the judge refused.

Outside the courthouse late Wednesday, Menendez had thanked those jurors he said were "asserting my innocence" in the jury room. An attorney for co-defendant Salomon Melgen asked Walls to poll the jury individually to confirm they are deadlocked.

Deliberations began November 6.

The judge in the corruption trial of Senator Robert Menendez is interviewing individual jurors privately after the panel told him in a note that it was still deadlocked on the seventh full day of deliberations, raising the prospect of a mistrial.

More: Bob Menendez bribery trial question: Is every Latino or contributor a constituent? Lowell said jurors had a strong difference in viewpoints since deliberations began seven days ago.

Before attending the hearing, Menendez tried to portray himself as a fighter, claiming, "I've committed my entire adult life, since I was 19, fighting for the people of New Jersey". Melgen, a Florida doctor, is already awaiting sentencing on a previous conviction for defrauding Medicare.