Torricelli Time?

And now for a competitive race…

The most recent poll numbers today from New Jersey seem to show a growing lead for Republican Senate candidate Tom Kean, Jr. over incumbent Democrat Bob Menendez: 44 to 38. Menendez’s unfavorable numbers have increased, unsurprisingly, with the news that he’s under federal investigation for making a profit off of a nonprofit.

It’s debatable whether this finally represents the bottom falling out of the Menendez campaign. There’s still plenty of time to go, and New Jersey’s Democrats have been on a roll in recent statewide elections, to put it mildly.

But either way, if the polls keep showing numbers like this, how long do we think it will be until New Jersey Democrats start talking — openly — about replacing their candidate, like they did in 2002?

— Azi Paybarah

Torricelli Time?