A new Monmouth University Poll is coming on Wednesday will offer a head-to-head matchup between Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and Republican Jack Ciattarelli.
Last month, the Monmouth poll had Murphy with a 16-point lead over Ciattarelli, 52%-36%. That poll was in the field from August 11-16.
Ciattarelli, who came off a June GOP primary victory still mostly unknown, with 61% of registered voters not knowing who he was. Ciattarelli began airing broadcast and cable TV ads on August 15.
Murphy’s favorables were at 48%-33%. He launched his first two broadcast and cable TV ads – one positive and the other tying Ciattarelli to former President Donald Trump, last week.
The poll will also test the impact of Trump on the 2021 New Jersey Governor’s race.
Murphy had job approvals of 54%-36% in the August poll. His handling of the coronavirus pandemic earned him a 61%-28% approvals.
The Monmouth poll, considered the gold standard of New Jersey political polling, also asked voters which candidate they trust to handle various issues.
Republicans have been touting two polls that show the race to be closer. A Club for Growth poll has Murphy ahead 46%-45%, a statistical tie. A National Research Inc. survey conducted by GOP pollster Adam Geller puts Murphy ahead, 45%-42%.
“We are right where we need to be. The race is right where we thought it would be, Ciattarelli said on the New Jersey Globe Power Hour on Talk Radio 77 WABC on Saturday. “We will continue doing what we’ve been doing for the past year and a half, and I’m very confident the outcome come November 2nd.”