Poll: Menendez victim of ‘political witch hunt,’ N.J. residents say

Robert Menendez, New Jersey's senior U.S. senator. - (NJBIZ FILE PHOTO)

Robert Menendez, New Jersey’s senior U.S. senator. – (NJBIZ FILE PHOTO)

By Andrew George for NJBIZ

A new Monmouth University Poll released Monday indicates that, while most New Jerseyans think U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez is “probably guilty” of the federal corruption charges brought against him last month, many also believe he is the victim of politics at play.

The poll found that 60 percent believe Menendez is probably guilty and 51 percent think the charges, which are centered on his relationship with longtime friend and political donor Salomon Melgen, are the result of a politically motivated retaliation plan cooked up by Menendez’s enemies.

“Many New Jerseyans seem to agree with Sen. Menendez that these charges were the result of a political witch hunt,” Patrick Murray, the poll director, said. “They part ways, though, when it comes to whether he is actually guilty of the alleged crimes.”

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