With five years to go before he faces New Jersey voters again, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez has an upside-down 36%-43% job approval rating, a new Monmouth University Poll has found.
Among registered voters, the number is at 37%-45%.
His approvals have not changed much from a February Monmouth Poll which Menendez’s approval rating were at 40%-45%.
Despite struggling approvals, Menendez still set a record for the most votes ever received by a U.S. Senate candidate in a non-presidential year when he defeated Republican Bob Hugin by 11 percentage points, 54%-43%. Hugin had spent more than $36 million of his own money to defeat Menendez.
“Senator Menendez is focused every day on picking up Democratic Assembly seats this year, re-electing our great Democratic House members next year, and most importantly, making sure that Donald Trump is a one-term president,” said Michael Soliman, Menendez’s top political advisor. “I’m confident that as New Jerseyans continue to watch Bob Menendez fight for them in the U.S. Senate, he’ll be well-positioned for his third consecutive double-digit win in 2024.”
This story was updated at 11:01 AM with comment from Soliman.
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