Despite underwhelming approval ratings in the state, a new poll out Monday shows both President Obama and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) in decent shape in New Jersey ahead of 2012.
Menendez leads six rumored GOP Senate contenders by double digits, according to the latest Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) PublicMind poll.
The closest GOP competitor is the man Menendez defeated in 2006 — Republican state Sen. Tom Kean Jr. Menendez leads Kean 44 percent to 34.
The Democrat's largest margin comes against Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R). Menendez leads Guadagno 47 percent to 26.
The poll of 802 registered voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points and shows a large percentage of voters undecided in each hypothetical general election match-up.
While the early polling out of the state shows no obvious Republican threat to Menendez, his approval ratings are lukewarm at best, giving Republicans in the state some hope a strong challenger will emerge ahead of 2012.
A poll out last week from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling found Kean much closer to Menendez in a hypothetical 2012 rematch.
In that poll, Menendez lead Kean by just two points — 41 percent to 39. The Democrat's approval rating stood at just 37 percent.
The FDU poll also found Obama's approval rating in New Jersey under 50 percent, a measure pollster Peter Woolley sees as a positive given concerns New Jersey voters have over the impact of the healthcare law and the direction of the country.