Poll: No rose-colored glasses for NJ voters over Geraldo Rivera
February 15th, 2013
11:32 AM ET
1 year ago

Poll: No rose-colored glasses for NJ voters over Geraldo Rivera

(CNN) - Will a new poll throw any cold water on Geraldo Rivera's thoughts of running for U.S. Senate in New Jersey next year?

The Fox News Channel host generated headlines at the end of last month when he announced that he was "truly contemplating" throwing his hat in the ring for the 2014 election, adding that "I am and have been in touch with some people in the Republican Party in New Jersey. I am truly contemplating running for Senate against Frank Lautenberg or Cory Booker in New Jersey."

But a Monmouth University survey released Thursday indicates that only about a quarter of Garden State residents would be very or somewhat likely to vote for Rivera should he choose to run, with nearly two-thirds saying they would not be likely to cast a ballot for Rivera. Just over half said they would not consider voting for him at all.

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According to the poll, even among Republican voters, only 44% say they would be likely to vote for Rivera, with 48% saying they would be unlikely to vote for him.

Rivera, a longtime broadcast journalist and talk show host, was born in New York City but has lived in New Jersey for years.

The poll was conducted and released just before longtime Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg's announcement Thursday that he would not run for re-election next year. The 89-year-old lawmaker is the last remaining World War II veteran to serve in the Senate.

Last month Newark, New Jersey Mayor Corey Booker, considered a rising star in the Democratic Party, announced he was considering a run for the Senate in 2014.

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But Booker may not have the Democratic field to himself. After Lautenberg's announcement, Rep. Frank Pallone told CNN's Deirdre Walsh that "I've always been interested in the Senate, and I'm going to continue to explore running."

The Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll was conducted Feb. 6-10, with 803 New Jersey adults questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5% pts.

– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: New Jersey • Senate
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Larry L

    He's crazy enough and closely associated with Fox News. Still, I'd hope folks in New Jersey are smarter than that.

    February 15, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. Thomas

    Please go away !

    February 15, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. DoubleW

    Show Biz wannabes, B-actors, sensation-chasers, talking heads and the Republican Party. No surprises here, folks.

    February 15, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Real Truth wrote:

    If cost of the flight was the only expense involved to taxpayers Bush’s vacations would still seem rather economical, but there is more, much more. Unlike the Obama’s $4 million Christmas vacation price tag, which includes the cost of everything from transportation to accommodations for the First Family, the White House staff, and the White House press corps, Bush’s numbers only include the cost of flying the president to Crawford. The cost of transporting and accommodating staff, media, friends and family is not included in Bush’s vacation numbers.
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    You know what. I'm gonna believe you accept your numbers at face value. Now. Why don't you add in the cost to Bush's totals for transporting staff, media, friends, and family? Because if you're telling me that he traveled without any staff and all the trimmings, then I'm going to accuse Bush of dereliction of duty.

    February 15, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. ST

    This mustache man associated with Fox News liers and expect to win in a democratic heavily area like New Jersey!! He might be out of his mind and doesn't know what he is doing. Go away you Murdoch guy and learn first.

    February 15, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. CB FL

    When you look inside of him you will see what he found in that vault. EMPTY

    February 15, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    What. Is Geraldo supposed to be Fox's new and improved version of Palin?

    February 15, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    The Real Truth wrote:

    During Bush’s two terms, the cost of operating Air Force One ranged from $56,800 to $68,000 an hour. Bush used Air Force One 77 times to go to his ranch in Crawford, TX. Using the low end cost of $56,800, Media Matters calculated that each trip to Crawford cost taxpayers $259,687 each time, and $20 million total for Bush’s ranch flights.
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    Like I said, I'll accept your numbers for the sake of argument. ... Do you realize that 77 trips to Crawford over the course of 8 years works out nearly 10 trips per year? That's almost once a month!

    February 15, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    DoubleW

    Show Biz wannabes, B-actors, sensation-chasers, talking heads and the Republican Party. No surprises here, folks.
    -----–
    Al Franken?

    February 15, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I didn't realize that he lived in the state. It would really surprise me if he received enough votes to get the GOP nod for the general election in November 2014.

    February 15, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. Malory Archer

    Fair is Fair

    DoubleW

    Show Biz wannabes, B-actors, sensation-chasers, talking heads and the Republican Party. No surprises here, folks.
    -––
    Al Franken?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, except Al Franken hasn't been in show business for years. LOL at the equivilency fail!!!

    February 15, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. Canuck

    Geraldo – why, why, why the Republicans? Do you not read about what is going on with that party???

    February 15, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    "Show Biz wannabes, B-actors, sensation-chasers, talking heads and the Republican Party. No surprises here, folks."

    Al Franken?
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    Ronald Reagan?

    February 15, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. Fin

    I did not think Geraldo was conservative. He is an entertaining guy but I do not think he will get that much support from either side.

    February 15, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  15. Gail

    Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    "Show Biz wannabes, B-actors, sensation-chasers, talking heads and the Republican Party. No surprises here, folks."

    Al Franken?
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    Ronald Reagan?
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    Gee Rudy NYC, I'm surprised you posted Ronald Reagan. Aren't you libs, including Obama, doing your best to associate yourselves with Ronald Reagan?

    February 15, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. empresstrudy

    Sonny Bono. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Fred Thompson.

    February 15, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. ART

    Geraldo where is your self respect and dignity,I know Faux news gave you a job, but really a Rethuglican?

    February 15, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |