Menendez’s Senate bid looks dead in the water if he abandons his party: Poll

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) has teased he may launch an independent bid for Senate in New Jersey, but a new poll finds he would not dent Democratic hopes of keeping the seat.

A poll from Emerson College/PIX11/Hill found that in a three-way race between Menendez, a Democratic candidate, and a Republican candidate, he would only garner 9%, compared to 49% for a Democrat and 42% for a Republican.

Menendez, who was federally indicted last year but has insisted he is innocent, has an approval rating within the state of 14%, according to the survey, with 62% in the Democratic stronghold saying they disapprove of his job performance.

In September 2023, Menendez was federally indicted on corruption charges, with the charging document accusing him of using his position in the Senate to enrich himself and
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