Steinhardt Says Poll Proves Voters Troubled by Ethics Cloud ‘Hanging Over’ Menendez

NJ Republican Party Chairman Doug Steinhardt

New Jersey GOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt celebrated  the findings of today’s Quinnipiac University Poll, which show U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) leading Republican challenger Bob Hugin by just six points.

“The United States Senate polling numbers are all trending in the right direction, proving that Bob Hugin is running an effective campaign,” the Chairman said. “New Jersey is tired of having a Senator who avoided prison only to be convicted by his fellow Senators of unethical and illegal activity. As voters continue to get to know Bob Hugin and learn more about Bob Menendez’s shameful record, this race will continue to move in the direction of honor and integrity.”

In an email blast to supporters, he shared his notations of the poll.

“As Senator Robert Menendez sees his once dominant lead whittled down to single digits, New Jersey voters are sending a clear message. They are troubled by the ethics cloud hanging over him,” Steinhardt said, citing the poll’s main takeaways. “The New Jersey U.S. Senate campaign is developing into a horse race as Democratic incumbent… Menendez leads former pharmaceutical executive Bob Hugin, his Republican challenger, by a slim 43-37%, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today. This compares to a 49-32% Menendez lead in a March 13 survey.”

Steinhardt highlighted the poll’s findings of voters giving Menendez a negative 40-37% approval rating and a  negative 29-47 percent favorability rating. 

“Ethics in government is the most important issue in deciding how they will vote for U.S. Senator, 25% of New Jersey voters say,” Steinhardt noted.

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