Poll: Majority want Sen. Menendez to stay in office

The majority of New Jersey residents want Sen. Bob Menendez to keep his job in the wake of a federal corruption indictment, a new poll

A poll finds a majority of New Jersey residents want Sen. Menendez to stay in office despite indictment.

A poll finds a majority of New Jersey residents want Sen. Menendez to stay in office despite indictment. (4/7/15)

NEW BRUNSWICK - The majority of New Jersey residents want Sen. Bob Menendez to keep his job in the wake of a federal corruption indictment, a new poll finds.

A Rutgers-Eagleton poll found 58 percent want the senator to stay in office unless he is proven guilty.

Thirty-four percent say he should leave office immediately.

Congressional colleague Bill Pascrell commented on Sen. Menendez’s indictment at an event held Tuesday.

“Bob is a good friend. In America, you are innocent until proven guilty. That is not a cliché,” he said. “To those people who have already made a decision about this case, I would say to have an open mind.”

The Rutgers-Eagleton poll also found that since the indictment, 34 percent of residents have a favorable impression of the senator, down three points since February.

Twenty-seven percent of people polled have an unfavorable opinion of Sen. Menendez, up four points.

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