New Poll: Booker approvals at 52%-27%, Menendez at 33%-37%

U.S. Senator Cory Booker is New Jersey’s most popular public official with a 52%-27% job approval rating while U.S. Senator Bob Menendez is at 33%-37%, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released today. Booker’s favorables are at 46%-25% and Menendez is at 22%-35%. Among Democrats, Booker’s approvals are at 70%-11%.  He’s at 50%-26% among Independents and 24%-58% among Republicans.  He does well among every demographic. Menendez’s approvals are at 39%-26%

Menendez to provide media with 6 years of tax returns

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez will allow reporters to view six years of personal income tax returns on Friday, his campaign said today. Menendez will let give reporters four hours to review tax returns from 2012 through 2017. “Senator Menendez is meeting the highest standards for access and accountability,” said campaign chairman Michael Soliman. “Just as he has previously, Senator Menendez is releasing all of his tax returns dating back to

Hugins says Menendez didn’t amend financial disclosure

Bob Hugin’s campaign says that Sen. Bob Menendez has not amended his personal financial disclosure to reflect a Senate Ethics Committee order for him to repay gifts he received from Salomon Melgen. “The good people of New Jersey deserve to know the price that Florida-based Dr. Salomon Melgen paid to have Senator Menendez violate federal law and abuse his office to intervene in the Obama Justice Department’s investigation into Melgen’s

College Republicans defend Hugin, say lack of jobs force grads to leave NJ

The New Jersey College Republicans are siding with U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin after the College Democrats president criticized a tweet saying that parents should get their couches read after Rutgers University graduation. The group says Hugin was accurate in saying that many graduates have no choice but to move back home because New Jersey is so unaffordable, citing a CNN report that 70% of students leaving the state did

Source: Menendez raises $1 million

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez raised over $1 million for his re-election campaign tonight, according to a source familiar with the campaign fundraising. Gov. Phil Murphy and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker were on hand at an event that attracted more than 500 supporters of the senator’s bid for a third term. Menendez has held a “Night at the Races” event at the Meadowlands racetrack every year since 2002, when he raised

Using Murphy gaffe, Hugin attacks Menendez

U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin is using a gaffe made by Gov. Phil Murphy to attack U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez over taxes. On Wednesday, a day after he had announced a new contract that would give 35,000 state workers raises, Murphy told reporters he didn’t know how much the raises would cost New Jersey taxpayers. “I don’t know the exact number, but our folks are working on the program details,”

Cruz-Perez sticking with Menendez

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez’s recent ethics troubles aren’t necessarily costing him support in the New Jersey Legislature. State Sen. Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D-Camden) said on Tuesday that she would continue to support the three-term U.S. senator despite his recent admonition before the Senate Ethics Committee. “I have much respect for Bob Menendez as a senator. He has represented us well in Washington,” Cruz-Perez said. “He has addressed the needs of people