Precisely half of New Jersey voters say that U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez should not be re-elected next year, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released yesterday. The percentage of voters in favor of his re-election is a wan 20 percent, while 30 percent are undecided. Menendez (D-NJ) received a negative 31 percent – 49 percent job approval rating; that’s his lowest since February 2008, when he got a 30 percent – 31 percent rating.
Menendez currently is fighting for his reputation in a corruption trial in Newark that is expected to go on for several weeks. If that trial goes against him and he must leave the Senate, the poll found that the majority of New Jersey voters (68 percent) want the choice for his replacement to be left to the next governor, while 24 percent say that Gov. Chris Christie should make the appointment. The percentage of voters who think Christie should appoint himself to replace Menendez? Three percent.
The poll found voters disapprove of the job Christie is doing by 79 percent – 16 percent. That gives him the lowest approval rating of any governor in any state that Quinnipiac University has polled in more than 20 years. Even Republicans give him a strong thumbs-down: 61 percent – 35 percent.
Voters in the Garden State continue to disapprove strongly of the job President Donald Trump is doing (61 percent – 32 percent); but that’s an improvement on his June 14 disapproval rating (66 percent – 28 percent).