Menendez’s Approval Rating Plummets to Just 6%November 20, 2023
Sen. Robert Menendez has experienced a drastic drop in his approval rating among New Jersey voters. Surveys conducted by the Eagleton-Rutgers poll revealed that his rating plummeted to 6%, with a staggering 9%-to-69% disapproval rating. Even within his own Democratic party, Menendez’s support is minimal at 9%, and among white voters, his approval rating is a mere 2%. Eagleton pollster Jessica Roman stated that Menendez has reached an all-time low in terms of favorability and approval ratings in the history of New Jersey politics.
Despite the ongoing scandal surrounding him, Menendez has stated that he still intends to run for a third term in 2024. Meanwhile, First Lady Tammy Murphy has gained endorsements for her campaign from several Democratic congressional representatives. So far, Murphy has secured the support of six of the state’s congressional lawmakers, including prominent figures such as Mikie Sherrill, Josh Gottheimer, and Frank Pallone.
The only remaining uncommitted members of the state’s delegation are Bonnie Watson Coleman and Menendez’s son, Robert J. Menendez. Rep. Andy Kim, a respected figure in New Jersey politics, has shown strong polling numbers in the race. Meanwhile, Murphy has also gathered endorsements from influential Democratic county bosses, which could provide her with a significant advantage in the upcoming primary election.
With Menendez’s approval rating at an all-time low, Republicans are hoping to capitalize on the Democratic infighting and scandal to secure an unexpected victory in the blue state. However, this seems unlikely, especially in a presidential election year. Menendez is currently facing trial on bribery charges, but he maintains his innocence and plans to overcome the allegations, as he has done with past corruption accusations.