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Senate President Steve Sweeney, left, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, center, and Gov. Phil Murphy

Most New Jerseyans unaware of Murphy feud with Sweeney, Coughlin, poll finds

Outside insider bubble, state is blissfully ignorant of internal Democratic feuds

By David Wildstein, September 17 2019 1:00 pm

Regular New Jerseyans who live outside the statehouse bubble are not following the intense and often toxic fight between Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and Democratic leaders of the New Jersey Legislature, a new Monmouth University Poll shows.

More than half of New Jersey residents (52%) have not heard about the relationship between Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney or Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin.

Just 28% say that Murphy has a bad relationship with the Democratic legislative leadership and the legislature, while 14% think he has a good relationship.

Among Democrats, 56% don’t know about the fights that dominate discussions by political insiders.  The rest are nearly evenly split: 19% of Democrats think Murphy has a good relationship with Sweeney and Coughlin, while 21% say the rapport is a bad one.

Republicans (54%) are unaware that Murphy is fighting his fellow Democrats in Trenton.

“This Trenton battle continues to be mainly political insider stuff, but the impression of a toxic relationship between the state’s chief executive and its legislative leadership does appear to be slowly seeping into the public,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.
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The generic approvals of the state legislature are upside-down at 33%-42%.

Democrats approve of the legislature by a 53%-27% margin, while Republicans are at 18%-60% and independents at 24%-48%.

The Monmouth University Poll was conducted from September 12 -16 with a sample size of 713 New Jersey adults and a margin of error of +/- 3.7%.

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