U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez isn’t buying a Monmouth University poll that pegged Booker as New Jersey voters’ fourth in the Democratic presidential primary.
“Listen, as far as I’m concerned, he’s number one in New Jersey,” Menendez said. “He’s run statewide. He’s won. I’m sure when the time comes and he’s in the primary process, he will win New Jersey. I have no doubt about that.”
Menendez, along with most other New Jersey Democrats, has endorsed Booker’s presidential bid.
Booker earned Just 9% support in the poll, which was released Thursday.
Those figures put him behind former Vice President Joe Biden (26%), U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (20%) and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (18%).
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg narrowly trailed Booker, each winning support from 6% of New Jersey Democrats.
Menendez’s comments on Booker’s lackluster home-state polling largely echo those made by Acting Gov. Sheila Oliver Friday.
Though, polls of Menendez’s own re-election race last year proved spot on.
Real Clear Politics polling average for the senator’s race against former Celgene CEO Bob Hugin put Menendez up by about 11 points.
“You know what, if I look at my numbers, I won by 11 points last year, so that’s all I can say,” Menendez said.