New poll shows little change in NJ governor's job approval

Gov. Phil Murphy
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By KYW Newsradio 1060
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — A new poll shows little change in how New Jersey voters feel about their governor, and that may not necessarily be a good thing for him.

The latest Monmouth University poll puts Democrat Phil Murphy at 41-38 on the job approval front, not all that different from the 43-40 rating in February. In fact, his positive numbers haven’t moved much since he took office in January of last year.

His negatives are up a bit, according to poll director Patrick Murray, but the real change is on the undecided front.

"It's 22%. That’s gone up from 17%. So it’s pretty much a static picture for the governor.” Murray, said. "I think the bigger picture is that he’s really flying under the radar. People aren’t really sitting up and taking notice of the New Jersey governor."

Part of that, Murray suggests, could be media attention (or rather the lack of it) in New York and Philadelphia. And given eight years of Chris Christie’s very public persona, voters might welcome the break in the drama.

But 2021 is looming, the next gubernatorial election, and given Murphy’s tensions with fellow Democrats in the legislature, a primary fight might not be out of the question.