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U.S. Senator Bob Menendez. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Menendez approvals jump in new Monmouth poll

New Jersey senator is at his strongest in nearly two years.

By David Wildstein, April 21 2020 11:00 am

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez has approvals of 45%-36% in New Jersey, his best numbers since July 2017, according to a new Monmouth University Poll released today.

Menendez is at 67%-17% among Democrats, 40%-36% among independents, and 22%-64% among Republicans.  He is at 49%-30% among women and at an even 42%-42% among men.   He is at 38%-43% among white New Jerseyans, and at 55%-27% among African Americans, Hispanics and Asians.

The bump in approvals comes as Menendez has stepped up his national network and cable news appearances as ranking minority member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and as the senior senator from one of the states hit hardest by the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

In 2018, Menendez was re-elected to a third term in the United States Senate by a 54.0%-42.8% margin – a plurality of 354,299 votes.  He holds two records for New Jersey Senate candidates: the most votes received by a Senate candidate in a mid-term election, and the most votes received by a Senate candidate in a presidential year.

In that race, Menendez faces nearly $40 million in attack ads against him.

Menendez was at 37%-45% in a September 2019 Monmouth Poll, and was at 41%-36% in July 2019.

The Monmouth University Poll was conducted by telephone from April 16-19 with 704 New Jersey adults and has a margin of error of +/- 3.7%.

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