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Menendez Continues to Poll in Very Dangerous, Corzine-like Territory


Location: Middletown, NJ

A Quinnipiac University poll released today confirmed Menendez's worst fear: he can't poll above 50 percent. As an incumbent, that's dangerous territory, that's Jon Corzine territory.

"We'll keep a close eye on this U.S. Senate race…Sen. Robert Menendez's lead is far from solid… Menendez would feel a lot better if he could hit 50 percent on his approval rating…" said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

It doesn't help that Menendez has been recently mired in scandal. A top-tier donor of his was convicted last week for illegally donating nearly $100,000 to his campaign- of which he returned only $18,000. Where is the other $80,000, Senator?

Menendez is also being asked to step aside from the Senate Banking Committee's investigation of the MF Global collapse. This request was made following an investigatory hearing when Menendez tried to direct the focus of the investigation away from his past political ally- former New Jersey Governor MF Global CEO- Jon Corzine.

And, in an interview on MSNBC yesterday discussing the JP Morgan loss, Menendez proved again that he is trying to protect the people close to him- while expecting everyone else to play by the rules. Menendez said, "What I care about is not an individual, I care about a system. Having system controls to ensure that no matter who is at the head of a company, this can't happen."

It is clear Menendez doesn't care about holding "individuals' accountable. See no evil. Hear no evil. Time and again, he has proved unwilling to put his oversight role on the Senate Banking Committee above his self-serving double standard. The people of New Jersey can no longer afford to play second fiddle to Menendez's political allies.

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