State Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13), now a candidate for U.S. Senator, said 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."