POLL: MENENDEZ'S LEAD OVER HUGIN SHRINKS
Sen. Bob Menendez's lead over Republican challenger Bob Hugin dropped to six percentage points – from 43 percent to 37 percent – among registered voters in a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, The Record reports. In March, the incumbent had a 17-point lead over Hugin, a former pharmaceutical executive. Since then a large number of attack ads have focused on Menendez's corruption trial, in which the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict, and his admonishment by the Senate Ethics Committee. Menendez, who began responding this week with his own ads, has attempted to downplay the poll results.