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U.S. Senator Cory Booker. Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe

Biden leads Booker among NJ Democrats; favorite son trails Warren, Sanders

Monmouth Poll puts Booker in 4th place in New Jersey Democratic presidential primary

By David Wildstein, September 19 2019 11:00 am

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Cory Booker is running a distant fourth among Democrats in his home state of New Jersey in his bid for the presidency, according to a new Monmouth University Poll released this morning.

Joe Biden has a six-point lead over Elizabeth Warren in New Jersey, 26%-20%, with Bernie Sanders in third place with 18%.  Booker is at just 9% in the state where he’s spent six years as a U.S. Senator and has the near-unanimous endorsement of the Democratic political establishment.

Kamala Harris (6%) and Pete Buttigieg (6%) just narrowly trail Booker.  Tulsi Gabbard is at 2%, and the rest of the field fall behind that.

Among non-white New Jersey Democrats, Biden leads Booker 26%-11%.  Sanders (21%) and Warren (12%) do better than Booker among none-white Democrats in the senator’s home state.

“The field will certainly be much smaller by the time New Jersey’s presidential primary rolls around. Booker’s home state standing could change dramatically if he can score an upset win in one of the February contests,” said Patrick Murray, the director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.  “But as it stands right now, Jersey Democrats are gravitating toward the three candidates who currently dominate the national spotlight.”

The New Jersey presidential primary is set for June 2, 2020.

Booker has a 45%-37% approval rating in New Jersey, with a 45%-40% rating among registered voters.   Among Democrats, Booker’s job approvals are at 71%-11%.  His approvals are upside-down among independents (40%-45%) and Republicans (14%-69%).

In an February 2019 Monmouth Poll, Booker’s job approvals were at 54%-31%.

Among New Jersey Democrats, Biden, Warren and Sanders have net favorables that are better than Booker, who is at 60%-24%.

Biden is at 64%-23%, Warren at 59%-17%, and Sanders at 63%-25%.

Harris has favorables of 43%-22% and Buttigieg is at 40%-13% in New Jersey.

Slightly less than three out of ten New Jerseyans (29%) say that Booker would make a good president, while 52% say he would not.

Still, nearly have of the state (48%) think he would make a good vice presidential pick, while 39% say he would not.

If Booker is on the Democratic ticket, either for president or vice president, just 29% of New Jerseyans think he should run for re-election to the U.S. Senate at the same time.  Nearly half of the state (49%) say he should just run for national office.

That marks an improvement for Booker since February, when 66% said she should only run for one office.

Nearly half of the state’s Democrats (48%) think Booker should drop his U.S. Senate re-election bid if he gets a spot on the national ticket.

“Running for president can stretch the patience of home state constituents, and we are seeing some signs of that with Cory Booker,” Murray said. “Still, he is managing to hold on to a net positive rating despite his national campaign as well as recent news that brought potentially negative attention to his time as mayor.”

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