TRENTON, N.J. – Democrats are heavily-favored to hold the General Assembly in next month’s Election 2019, but Governor Phil Murphy’s prospects for reelection in 2021 remain less clear.
Results released Friday by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Public Mind Poll show voters leaning strongly towards Democrat candidate this cycle (a 42% to 29% advantage over Republicans state-wide). Governor Murphy’s job approval rating is at 45% while another 35% disapprove.
“It looks like Governor Murphy will continue to have one party rule in the state. But, apparently, that hasn’t been enough to help him break free of the approval numbers that have kept him largely beneath a majority approval threshold,” said Krista Jenkins, FDU’s polling director.
Other recent polling has found Murphy trailing predecessors Jon Corzine and Chris Christie at analogous points in their respective gubernatorial tenures.