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Gov. Phil Murphy delivers his State of the State address before a joint session of the New Jersey Legislature on January 10, 2023. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Murphy approval ratings remain strong, new FDU poll shows

Democratic governor’s approvals are 9 points better than Christie after five years in office

By David Wildstein, February 09 2023 7:00 am

Gov. Phil Murphy has a solid 48%-36% job approval rating at the start of his sixth year in office and heading into the midterm legislative elections, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University Poll released this morning.

Job approvals for the governor are up eight points, from an upside-down 40%-42% in an FDU poll from October 2022.    The poll is statistically consistent with a Monmouth University Poll released last month that had Murphy’s job approvals at 52%-36%.

Murphy is at 74%-11% among Democrats, 39%-39% among independents, and 16%-72% among Republicans.

The first Democratic governor to win a second term since Brendan Byrne was re-elected in 1977, Murphy’s job approvals are significantly better than his immediate predecessor, Republican Chris Christie, at roughly the same point in his sixth year.  A January 2015 FDU poll put Christie’s approvals at an upside-down 39%-47%.

The FDU poll was conducted between February 1 and February 6 with a sample size of 808 adult New Jersey residents and a margin of error of +/- 3.5%.

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