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Clockwise from top left: U.S. Senator Mark Kelly, Cheri Beasley, Mehmet Oz and Herschel Walker.

Here’s where four U.S. Senate candidates with N.J. roots stand in the polls

Dr. Oz isn’t the only New Jerseyan running for U.S. Senate in another state

By David Wildstein, August 27 2022 5:43 pm

Of the four New Jersey candidates running for the United States Senate in other states, recent polling puts one in the lead and another in a tied race, while two others are currently behind.

U.S. Senator Mark Kelly, an Arizona Democrat, leads Republican Blake Masters by eight percentage points, 50%-42%, in a Fox News poll that was in the field from August 12-16.   A former  astronaut who won a special election for the Senate in 2020,  Kelly grew up in West Orange.

A recent Civitas/Cygnal poll in the North Carolina race put Cheri Beasley, a Democrat who lived in New  Brunswick while attending Rutgers University from 1984 to 1988, in a statistical tie, 42%-42%, against Republican Ted Budd for the seat of outgoing U.S. Senator Richard Burr.  Beasley is a former chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.

In Georgia, Republican Herschel Walker trails Democratic incumbent Rev. Raphael Warnock by three points, 48%-45%,  a statistical dead heat, in a Fox 5/Insider Advantage poll conducted between July 26-27.

Walker lived in Verona  from 1983 to 1985 while playing for the New Jersey Generals, a USFL team owned by Donald Trump.  He continued to own his apartment at the Claridge House on Pompton Avenue until around 1995, after an NFL career took him to the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, and in 1995, with the New York Giants.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, a lifelong New Jerseyan, has trailed Democrat John Fetterman in a race for the seat of retiring Republican Patrick Toomey in Pennsylvania

An Emerson College poll has Fetterman ahead by four points, 48%-44%  That poll was in the field on August 22-23.   A Franklin & Marshall poll taken from August 15-21 has Fetterman, the lieutenant governor, ahead by 13 points, 43%-30%.

Fetterman has hammered Oz for his New Jersey residency.  The television doctor and cardiothoracic surgeon lived in Cliffside Park until moving to run for Senate in 2021.  He voted in New Jersey in November 2020 and remains on the state’s voter rolls.

New Jersey’ two U.S. Senators are not up this year.  Bob Menendez faces voters in 2024 while Cory Booker’s term ends in 2026.

Three other U.S. Senators also went to school in New Jersey: Ted Cruz (Texas) and Jeff Merkley (Oregon) at Princeton, and Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts), who received her law degree at Rutgers and then taught at there.

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