NJ Politics Digest: Murphy Trounces Guadagno in New Poll

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Phil Murphy is crushing Kim Guadagno in the New Jersey governor’s race with less than two months to go until Election Day, according to a new poll.

Murphy, the Democratic nominee, has a whopping 25-point lead over Guadagno, the Republican nominee, a Quinnipiac University poll found. It was the first survey of likely voters in the gubernatorial race, and it brought bad news for Guadagno. Nearly half of voters view her connection to Gov. Chris Christie negatively, and her favorability ratings are underwater.

Federal prosecutors tried to poke holes in the defense of Sen. Bob Menendez, whose corruption trial continued Wednesday. It turns out Salomon Melgen, the wealthy Florida eye doctor accused of bribing Menendez, also called his pilot “hermano”– the Spanish word for “brother” – despite their strictly professional relationship. Melgen had called Menendez his hermano, and the senator’s lawyers cite that as proof that gifts and favors between the two were due to a close friendship, not a bribery scheme.

Quote of the Day: “Public polling is garbage and often uses flawed methodology that favors Democrats.” — Ricky Diaz, a Guadagno campaign spokesman dismissing the Quinnipiac poll.

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