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Kyrillos Not Worried About Trailing in Polls

A Monmouth University poll has the state senator trailing U.S. Senator Bob Menendez by 15 points.

State Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13), now a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat, says he isn't worried about trailing in recent polls.

Kyrillos is up against incumbent Bob Menendez, who in a recent Monmouth University poll is leading the race by 9 to 15 points. According to the poll, Menendez has picked up support from independent voters in the last two months.

"The polls, some are good, some are not good but I don't pay a lot of attention to them because they can change so quickly and so much. The big poll is on election day," Kyrillos said.

New Jersey is historically a Democratic state, but Kyrillos said he believes residents around the state are willing to vote by name rather than party.

"[New Jersey] leans Democratic, but the people I meet just want to get the right thing done. They are willing to vote for a Republican, Democrat, Independents... they just want to get things accomplished."

According to staff members, the state senator is following a heavy campaign schedule, and the Blues and BBQ Festival was his eighth event that day.

"I'm working hard, I'm moving all around the state and we are trying to make things better New Jersey and America, that's why I'm running for U.S. Senate," Kyrillos said. "I want to have Washington match the spirit and the greatness of the people."

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Bill Heller October 05, 2012 at 01:36 AM
One reason Kyrillos is trailing in the polls in my neck of the woods is that he abandoned his District 13 constituents by not even making a comment to support Union Beach in its fight to prevent a 38-story noisy industrial wind turbine with blades each the size of a cell tower from being erected way too close to a lot of homes. It would further degrade home values in our working class town, along with a host of other problems. Hazlet, Matawan, Holmdel, Keyport, Union Beach and Monmouth County (all within his district) also passed resolutions opposing the turbine. But still Kyrillos refused to weigh in, even after he granted a meeting to a few locals looking for his help. Recently, he was the only Republican sponsor on a bill that would have allowed wind turbines up to 500' tall on preserved farm land in two southern NJ counties. Kyrillos is not what he claims. He's a wheeling-and-dealing back door politician with no loyalty to the people he's supposed to represent. I'm a Republican, and will gladly vote for a write-in candidate as Kyrillos is deliberately throwing his Union Beach area constituents under the bus.

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