Poll: No Republican Comes Close to Beating Booker in Nov.

Monday, 03 Mar 2014 02:41 PM

By Courtney Coren

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Newly elected Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey is in a good position heading into the November midterm elections against all potential GOP candidates in the Garden State, a new poll released Monday finds.

The junior senator from New Jersey and former mayor of Newark has a 47 percent job approval rating among Garden State voters, which is a 10-point increase since December, and 55 percent of those polled say he should be re-elected in November, according to the latest Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll.

The survey was taken Feb. 19-23 of 690 New Jersey registered voters with a 3.7 percent margin of error.

"New Jersey voters are just getting to know Cory Booker as their senator and generally giving him positive reviews," said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. "They feel they have seen enough to say he deserves a full term."

In a hypothetical match-up against potential Republican Senate candidate Murray Sabrin, 58 percent of registered voters say they would vote for Booker.

Sabrin suffers from the same problem as all other potential Republican Senate candidates in New Jersey — lack of name recognition.

Only 9 percent of New Jersey voters even have an opinion of the Ramapo College finance professor, who ran for governor in 2008 as a libertarian candidate.

The story is similar across the GOP field among those who are announced candidates. Seven percent of Garden State voters have an opinion of Jeff Bell; 9 percent, Brian Goldberg; 9 percent, Rich Pezzullo; and 7 percent have an opinion of Robert Turkavage.

"In a race that pits Cory Booker against What's His Name, Booker is the odds-on favorite," Murray said.

Booker, the first black senator from New Jersey, was sworn into office Oct. 31 after winning a special election to complete the unexpired term of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died in June.

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