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Patrick Murray, the director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. (Photo: Facebook).

Here’s how the Monmouth poll has fared in the last 4 governor’s races

Patrick Murray was on the money in 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017

By David Wildstein, October 27 2021 12:01 am

As New Jerseyans await Patrick Murray’s gold standard Monmouth University poll of the 2021 gubernatorial campaign between Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli , here’s a look at the track record of the poll in the last four New Jersey gubernatorial elections:

Six days before the 2017 governor’s race, the Monmouth poll put the race between Murphy and Republican Kim Guadagno, then the lieutenant governor, at 14 points, 53%-39%.  The final result was 14 points, 56%-42%.

Murphy was also 14 points up in an October 3 Monmouth poll, 51%-37%.

Four days before the 2013 general election, the Monmouth poll had Republican Gov. Chris Christie ahead of Democratic State Sen. Barbara Buono by 20 points, 57%-37%.  Christie defeated Buono by 22 points, 60%-38%.

The Monmouth poll had Christie up 24 points, 59%-35%, on October 15.

In 2009, the Monmouth poll foreshadowed a close election.

The poll had Christie and Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine tied at 39% on October 20, with 14% for independent Christopher Daggett.  By November 1, Monmouth had Christie up by one point, 43%-42%, with Daggett dropping to 8%.  One day later – the day before the election – Monmouth released a new poll showing Corzine up by two, 43%-41% with Daggett still at 8%.

Christie beat Corzine by 3.6 points, 48.5%-44.9%, with Daggett, the endorsed candidate of the Newark Star-Ledger, scoring just 5.8% of the vote.

The first Monmouth University poll, in 2005, put Corzine 9 points ahead of Republican Douglas Forrester, 47%-38%.   Corzine won that election by 10 points 53.5%-43%.

Two previous Monmouth polls put Murphy in front of Ciattarelli: by 16 points in August by 13 points in September.

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