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Poll: Is the National Republican Party Too Right for the Garden State?

The GOP is always talking about its big tent. Is there room for NJ inside it?

This week’s Republican Convention is showcasing a wide-ranging political point of view that most definitely tilts right, with Donald Trump as its standard-bearer. Trump won New Jersey’s primary, of course, but there is still a feeling that the national GOP does not represent New Jersey’s Republican voters.

What do you think?

  • Yes, of course it does. There is no one New Jersey Republican. The New Jersey GOP is a big tent – it ranges from Rep. Scott Garrett to former Gov. Christie Whitman. This is the way it has always been.

  • Yes. Although the national Republicans have tilted right, so has New Jersey. Just look at our most prominent Republican -- Chris Christie. His policies are far more conservative than the previous GOP administrations – and he is a star in the national Republican party.

  • It’s hard to tell. Christie originally ran as a moderate but always had his eye on the national arena. That’s skewed the Republican agenda here. We’ll have to see what happens when he leaves office.

  • No, most Republicans in New Jersey are uneasy with the right-wing social agenda. Because they support smaller government, they’ve had little choice but to go along with the entire Republican platform. Without concern with what’s happening nationally, both New Jersey political parties would be pretty moderate to liberal.

  • Let’s be clear: New Jersey has always been moderate. I believe most of the Republicans I know do not agree with Trump’s stated agenda, so they have some soul-searching to do in November. Regardless, I know we are a blue state so it won’t matter much. New Jersey will vote for Clinton.

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