Politics Murphy's lead narrows to 6 points in New Jersey governor's race: poll
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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy's (D) lead in the Garden State's gubernatorial race has narrowed to 6 points, according to a new poll, as the candidates head into the final weeks of campaigning ahead of next month's election.
The poll, , found that 50 percent of likely voters support Murphy, and 44 percent are backing GOP challenger Jack Ciattarelli.
Seven percent of the 600 likely voters polled remain undecided in the race, which is set to take place on Nov. 3.
Among the undecided bloc of likely voters, however, 59 percent are leaning toward Ciattarelli, while 41 percent are leaning towards Murphy.
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When factoring in those voters, the race narrows to 4 percentage points, with Murphy receiving 52 percent support and Ciattarelli close behind with 48 percent.
The poll, which was conducted between Oct. 15 and Oct. 18, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.
While Murphy still has a comfortable lead, recent polling shows that his support among New Jerseyans is slipping, while Ciattarelli's standing among voters is steadily increasing.
A poll conducted by Stockton University last month gave over Ciattarelli, 50 percent to 41 percent. In June, a Fairleigh Dickinson University survey had , 48 percent to 33 percent.
Ciattarelli, a former state lawmaker who calls himself a "disciple of Lincoln," is as chief of the Garden State.
New Jersey governor race tests Murphy's progressive politics
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Paid sick leave. Taxpayer-funded community college. A phased-in $15 minimum wage. New Jersey has taken a decidedly liberal shift under first-term Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, increasing income taxes on the wealthy, expanding voting rights and tightening the state's already restrictive gun laws. It’s a notable change from his predecessor, Republican Chris Christie, who spent two terms pushing more moderate policies. Murphy'sNew Jersey has taken a decidedly liberal shift under first-term Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, increasing income taxes on the wealthy, expanding voting rights and tightening the state's already restrictive gun laws.
He is also looking to bring Republican leadership to a state that consistently goes blue in presidential and federal races. President Biden won New Jersey by more than 15 points in November.
The New Jersey gubernatorial race made national headlines earlier this month when the New Jersey Democratic State Committee attacking Ciattarelli for his previous support of a local on swearing.
The 26-second digital was marked by colorful language, particularly f-bombs.
The Emerson College/PIX 11 poll found that men and women in the state are split on which candidate to support. Murphy leads among women, 57 percent to 40 percent, while Ciattarelli has an edge when it comes to men, 50 percent to 41 percent.
Murphy also holds leads among voters aged 18 to 29, 30 to 49 and those 65 years and older, while Ciattarelli has more support among those aged 50 to 64.
Taxes emerged as a key issue among New Jersey voters in the poll. Fifty-one percent of respondents said taxes should be the next governor's first priority, followed by jobs at 16 percent, health care at 13 percent, New Jersey transit at 6 percent and crime at 4 percent.
On COVID-19, 52 percent of likely voters say Murphy would better handle the pandemic recovery, while 48 percent backed Ciattarelli.
Murphy holds double-digit lead in New Jersey governor's race: poll .
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) holds an 11-point lead over Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli in next week's gubernatorial race in a new Monmouth University poll released Wednesday. Murphy enjoys the support of 50 percent of registered voters who were surveyed, compared with 39 percent for Ciattarelli, a former state lawmaker. The margin marks a slight decrease from the same poll in August and September, which showed Ciattarelli with leads of 16 points and 13 points, respectively.