Murphy needs to tie himself to policies, pundits say

Gov. Phil Murphy’s heightened disapproval rating in a Monmouth University poll released Tuesday doesn’t spell his doom, but pundits agree that Murphy needs to start taking pains to tie himself to his policies. The poll found Murphy had a 43%-40% approval rating. Those aren’t bad numbers, but they’re not as glowing as the 44%-28% approval rating he received in a Monmouth poll conducted last April. Still, while the governor’s trending

Murphy maintains he first learned of Alvarez accusations on Oct. 2

It’s still too early to tell what consequences Gov. Phil Murphy and his team do or do not face as a result of the Special Committee investigation into the hiring of Al Alvarez, but the testimony of Katie Brennan has already put the governor under some amount of scrutiny. Brennan, who is chief of staff at the Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, has accused Alvarez of sexually assaulting her in

Gottheimer fundraising off dubious McCann poll

Rep. Josh Gottheimer is fundraising off of a somewhat dubious internal poll commissioned by his opponent, John McCann, that shows the latter leading 39% to 36%. Gottheimer, ready for unscrupulous reporting that takes the internal memo at face value, embraced the apparently unfavorable results and issued a fundraising call on his campaign’s Facebook page and pushed out fundraising emails on his campaign mailing list. “A new poll has us trailing

With Murphy on vacation, Oliver launches free college program

Acting Gov. Sheila Oliver on Tuesday announced forward movement on the state’s free community college program, one of Gov. Phil Murphy’s major policy platforms. “I’m very excited that the Secretary of Higher Education and HESAA are moving forward to make higher education more accessible and affordable for New Jersey families,” Oliver said in a statement. “Having the opportunity to obtain a college degree was an instrumental part of my life, and