Washington Post: Scandals can hurt Menendez

Here’s what the Washington Post wrote about the 2006 U.S. Senate race in New Jersey: “Despite Democrats’ insistence that state Sen. Tom Kean Jr. (R) doesn’t even belong in the same political league as incumbent Bob Menendez (D), polls continue to show the two men running even. Neither is well-known by voters in the Garden State, and given the difficulty and cost of communicating in a state with no TV market of its own, that trend is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. Political Analyst Stu Rothenberg has long argued that New Jersey is actually Republicans’ best pick-up chance this cycle because recent political scandals, especially among Democratic officials, are likely to create “special circumstances” that would allow New Jersey to run counter to the national, anti-GOP mood. As a long-standing player in northern New Jersey’s Democratic machine, Menendez could suffer just by association. Kean is positioning himself as a fresh-faced reformer, which could be a potent message for the state’s voters. His fundraising needs to pick up, however, if he hopes to be competitive with Menendez on the airwaves this fall.”

Washington Post: Scandals can hurt Menendez