Up for re-election in 2012 in what will be New Jersey’s next statewide bonanza, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-Hoboken) now has a 38-41% approval rating, according to this morning’s Quinnipiac University poll.
“Sen. Robert Menendez is said to be getting into gear for his 2012 campaign,” said Qunnipiac University Poll Director Maurice Carroll. “He’d better. Not only did Democrats lose Bergen County, right next door to Menendez’s Hudson County home, on Election Day; he gets a slightly negative job approval measure.
Democrats give Menendez a 57 to 17 percent approval rating, and just one in five Republicans approve. Forty-eight percent of independent voters disapprove of the job Menendez is doing, with 37 percent saying they approve, according to Quinnipiac.
The same poll shows U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park) also upside down, with a 43-44% approval rating.
From November 3 – 8, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,362 New Jersey voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points.