New Jersey Republican Chairman Doug Steinhardt hit Gov. Phil Murphy over his progressive agenda after a Monmouth University poll released Tuesday showed a 12-point rise in the governor’s disapproval rating.
“Governor Murphy’s pitch to New Jersey was that he was going to make the high premium to live here worth it with a golden basket of services. People gave him a chance, but they’re coming to terms with the fact that his pie in the sky rhetoric isn’t putting food on the table,” Steinhardt said. “Taxes are up, the economy is down and Democratic infighting has deprived New Jersey of any clear direction or meaningful accomplishments. We are weaker and poorer today. New Jersey has wonderful potential that we’ll never reach under Phil Murphy.”
New Jersey residents told Monmouth pollsters that they narrowly approved of Murphy, 43%-40%. Those numbers aren’t bad on their own, but the poll showed a sharp rise in Murphy’s disapproval. Last April, only 28% of voters said they disapproved of the job Murphy was doing as governor.
While many Democrats, including the governor himself, have said the poll numbers are not a cause for worry, Republicans are likely to see his rising unpopularity as an opportunity.