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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Monmouth Republicans Eye Menendez Seat in US Senate

NJ State Senator Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) and former Highlands Mayor Anna Little (R) are looking to replace US Senator Menendez (D-NJ) this fall. An Ocean County solar power installer has also launched a campaign to be the Republican candidate this fall, but the effort is likely just for the publicity.

Menendez has yet to announce but even at this early date he is well ahead of the challengers. A Fairleigh Dickinson survey showed Kyrillos and Little polling at 31% each against Menendez, who leads both of the Republicans by 12 points (43%), according to NJ.com. A Quinnipiac poll showed Menendez favored against an unnamed Republican opponent by 11 points (46% to 35%), per NJ.com. In any event, NJ hasn't elected a Republican to the US Senate since the lengthy service (1955 to 1979) of Clifford P Case.

Menendez had a $7 million war chest as of September. Governor Christie plans to help Kyrillos with his fundraising, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

Little seems an unlikely choice once things shake out. According to Politifact NJ's Truth-o-Meter, a recent Tea Party-style accusation by Little against Menendez was "Mostly False."


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