In poll of N.J. voters, Menendez leads Kyrillos in U.S. Senate race

A new poll finds that while he’s ahead, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey is not a lock for re-election.

About 45 percent of New Jersey voters surveyed by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute support Menendez while 35 percent back his Republican challenger, state Sen. Joe Kyrillos of Monmouth.

Poll director Maurice Carroll says the 10-point margin is healthy, but does not represent a comfortable lead.

“If I were Menendez, I’d like the numbers,” said Carroll. “But when Quinnipiac says 75 percent of people don’t know his opponent, that’s a little bit troublesome because the opponent might come through, might be able to make himself a very positive guy.”

Kyrillos and Gov. Chris Christie are friends, and Carroll says the governor may be able to help Kyrillos get more attention and pick up voter support.

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