Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) is currently locked in dead heat in his competitive re-election bid with about a month left until Election Day, a poll that was released Monday shows.
A Stockton University poll indicated that Menendez leads his challenger Bob Hugin (R), 45 percent to 43 percent in a poll of New Jersey voters. The margin is within the poll’s error margin of 4.25%.
Over half of the voters who were surveyed — 54% — said they view Bob Menendez unfavorably, next to 30 percent who view Menendez positively.
By comparison, 34% have a favorable view of Bob Hugin, while 21% view Hugin unfavorably and 43% are unfamiliar with Hugin.
The poll questioned 531 likely New Jersey voters between Sept. 19 and Sept. 27. It tracks with some other recent polls that show the race to be tightening.
Menendez is seeking a third term for the Senate and has been dogged by the allegations he traded political favors for gifts with a Florida doctor even though the Department of Justice dismissed some charges earlier in 2018. Menendez has of course denied the allegations.
Even though he was never officially charged, the allegations of bribery may prove troublesome for Bob Menendez in his tight re-election bid. Stockton poll found that 59% of voters say that the corruption charges are very important or a major factor in their vote this November.
However, the poll showed that Hugin is being hit by his evil time as the CEO of the pharmaceutical company Celgene. 51% of respondents said that it is a very important or significant problem that Celgene profits off an expensive cancer drug and was happy to force people with cancer into deeper debt just to survive when Hugin was the CEO.