Amid Corruption Trial, Menendez’s Poll Numbers Nose-Dive

By NTK Staff | 09.15.2017 @12:30pm
Amid Corruption Trial, Menendez’s Poll Numbers Nose-Dive

Less than a third of New Jersey voters approve of the job Bob Menendez is doing, and even fewer think he deserves to be re-elected.

Embroiled in a scandalous federal corruption trial apparently has its downsides. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is experiencing those downsides first-hand, according to a new poll.

Quinnipiac University found that just 31 percent of voters approve of the job Menendez is doing. About half, 49 percent, disapprove of Menendez’s job performance. The senator is currently missing votes on a daily basis while his trial continues in Newark, New Jersey.

Menendez, who is up for re-election in 2018, faces tough odds in next year’s midterms. Just 20 percent of New Jersey voters believe he deserves re-election, while 50 percent say he does not. Breaking the numbers down further, more Democrats believe Menendez does not deserve to be re-elected (41 percent) than believe he does (29 percent).

Quinnipiac explains the numbers further:

“This survey was conducted as federal prosecutors opened their case against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez – perhaps poisoning the landscape. If Sen. Menendez is convicted, he obviously won’t be in the running next year. If he is acquitted, who knows,” said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

Earlier this week, an American Express employee testified that Menendez received perks from co-defendant Salomon Melgen in the form of 650,000 American Express reward points. A former Menendez staffer also testified that he was ordered to fulfill government favor requests from Melgen, demonstrating what appeared to be a quid pro quo relationship between the two.

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