Poll knocks N.J.’s Senator Menendez

A new poll shows that allegations against U.S. Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey are having an impact on voters.

Menendez is under investigation for not promptly paying for flights to the Dominican Republican on a private plane owned by a wealthy political donor.

Quinnipiac University poll director Maurice Carroll says the senator’s approval rating among New Jersey voters is now at its lowest in five years.

“He was 51 to 33 approval just a month ago. Now after all this stuff: 41 to 36 negative. Do the people think he’s honest? No. 44 to 28 don’t think he’s honest and reliable,” said Carroll.

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Carroll says those numbers are dreadful. He says the long-term effect on Menendez depends on how long the investigation continues and how the charges are resolved.


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