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Bob Menendez
Bob Menendez

Dueling polls released Wednesday offered conflicting views on whether New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez in on the ropes or is headed for victory over GOP challenger Bob Hugin.

Menendez — who escaped corruption charges last year when a jury couldn’ t reach a verdict– leads pharmaceutical executive Hugin 43 to 37 percent, with 18 percent undecided, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University poll.

The poll has a margin of error of 4.3 percentage points either way, which means the race is up for grabs.

But a Quinnipiac University survey released just hours later showed the incumbent leading by a comfortable 53-to-42 percent margin, with only 5 percent undecided.

That poll has a margin of error of 4.1 percentage points.

On Monday, Stockton University called the race a statistical dead heat with Menendez at 45 percent and Hugin with 43 percent.

New Jersey has not elected a Republican to the Senate since…