A Monmouth University poll released today finds that New Jersey native Mehmet Oz, fresh off his loss in last year’s high-profile Pennsylvania Senate election, probably doesn’t have much of a political future in his home state, either.
Asked whether they thought Oz, a Republican, should return to New Jersey and run for political office here, 68% of registered New Jersey voters said he shouldn’t, versus just 24% who said he should.
New Jersey Republicans were somewhat open to the idea, splitting 51%-37% in favor of a potential Oz candidacy. But brutal 23%-65% and 10%-85% scores among independents and Democrats, respectively, put Oz deep underwater overall.
“I have no idea if Oz is harboring any notions of using New Jersey as another political launching pad, but it doesn’t look like he’s got enough fuel to takeoff,” Monmouth University Polling Institute director Patrick Murray said in a release accompanying the poll.
Oz, a longtime resident of Cliffside Park, considered running for U.S. Senate in New Jersey in both 2006 and 2008, but decided against it both times. He remained an active New Jersey voter until late 2020, when he registered to vote at his in-laws’ address in Pennsylvania.
Oz’s New Jersey ties ended up playing a major role in the campaign of his Democratic opponent, then-Lieutenant Governor (and now-Senator) John Fetterman. Fetterman incessantly trolled Oz over his shallow Pennsylvania roots, casting him as a carpetbagger and an opportunist; Oz ended up losing by five percentage points amid an unexpectedly decent night for Democrats.
The Monmouth University Poll was conducted from January 5-9 with a sample of 809 New Jersey adults and a margin of error of +/- 4.7%.