In what is very, very bad news for the Democrats, Tom Kean, Jr. is leading Robert Menendez in the New Jersey Senate race. While polls are always to be taken with a grain of salt the size of Detroit, this really is an enormous turnaround and shows that momentum has shifted badly in what was supposed to be a safe seat.
It appears the ethics investigation targeting New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez is hurting his chances to return to Washington.
A new WNBC/Marist poll released on Friday shows that, if this were Election Day, Rep. Tom Kean, Jr. would defeat Menendez 42 percent to 37 percent.
This is a big change from two polls taken earlier this week, where likely voters were polled, and Menendez was slightly ahead.
More than half of those polled in this survey were aware of Menendez's recent troubles. The federal government is investigating his leasing of a building he owned to a non-profit agency who also received federal money. There are also concerns about possible unethical dealings while in Hudson County government.
Overall, 52 percent said they were aware of the Menendez investigation, while 47 percent were not.
The numbers tell a devastating tale. Since all the New Jersey party leaders have gone on the record stating they back Menendez completely, they should be announcing a "Lautenberg" at any moment! (That being the pattern). This is also devastating news for Ned Lamont, frankly. The national party can not afford to waste money on his attempt to unseat a Democrat when they are facing this kind of loss of "safe" seats. The nutroots are going to be toast after this campaign season if the Dems fail to carry at least one chamber of Congress.