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…