A new Monmouth University Poll show approval ratings for Gov. Phil Murphy are below where his two immediate predecessors were heading into their mid-term elections.
Chris Christie was at 48%-42% in an August 2011 Monmouth poll, while another taken in October had him at 54%-38%,.
In September 2007, the Monmouth poll had Jon Corzine at 46%-42%.
Murphy is at 41%-38% among adult respondents, and at 40%-41% among registered voters.
A September 2003 Rutgers-Eagleton poll put James E. McGreevey at 38%-40%.
A little more than one out of five New Jerseyans (21%) have no real opinion on Murphy’s job performance since he took office in January 2018.
Corzine and McGreevey were each at 22%, but Christie was at just 9%.
Just 12% of state residents say Murphy has experienced major accomplishments as governor and 42% view his successes as minor.
At a relatively similar point in their terms, the Monmouth poll had Christie at 24% major and 40% minor.
“At this point in his term, Christie had made a big splash with pension reform and his approval ratings were clearly on the rise. Murphy does not have anything similarly flashy that has made New Jerseyans sit up and take notice,” said Monmouth University Polling Institute Director Patrick Murray. “However, Christie may be the exception rather than the rule for New Jersey governors.”
Corzine was at 13% major and 4% minor toward the end of his term.