New Jersey Senate Race: Down to the Wire

Jolie Krooks('09)/ Eastside World Issues Editor

Kean and Menendez are in a dead heatWith final signs to post, commercials to air and promises to promise, both Democrats and Republicans continue to vie for Congressional control. They can not, will not, sit down and relax, until Tues Nov 7.

For the first time since 1994, Democrats threaten to potentially dominate the House in addition to possibly having nearly tantamount control as Republicans in the Senate.

All 435 seats of the house are up for grabs in addition to 33 in the Senate positions and 36 positions as governor. In order to outnumber Republicans, Democrats must acquire 15 positions in the House and 6 in the Senate.

Democrats persist on criticizing Republicans for the War in Iraq. Conversely, Republicans continuously advise us that the Democrats will raise taxes.

The forefront New Jersey senatorial candidates are Democrat Robert Menendez and Republican Tom Kean, Jr.

The outcome ought to be promising for incumbent Menendez, for New Jersey has not elected a Republican senator since Clifford P. Case, nearly 35 years ago. However, Menendez should not rest on his laurels just yet—for the polls foresee a very tight battle.

RealClearPolitics.com averaged the results of five polls, and according to their data, Menendez leads with 44.6 percent of votes, while Kean Jr. trails not too far behind with an average of 41.8 percent. The remaining 9.2 percent are still undecided. However, 39 percent of voters say that they might change their vote once they get to the booths.

Moreover, a Rasmussen Reports poll indicated that the candidates are neck-and-neck, both having 45 percent of the population, while 10 percent are still undecided.

Governor Jon Corzine appointed Menendez this past January to the Senate after he resigned to be governor. Love of government and politics is in Kean Jr’s blood, for his father was a New Jersey Governor.

Polls, state history and the candidates’ backgrounds all count; in this tight race, nothing is over until the fat lady sings –or at least until all of the votes are counted on Election Day.