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Poll: What’s Keeping the New Administration from Gaining Traction?

Is it really just Murphy and Sweeney trying to establish the lines of power, or is there more to it?

According to many, the new Democratic administration is off to a slow start due to reported infighting between newly elected Gov. Phil Murphy and state Senate President Steve Sweeney. Insiders say that Sweeney has been marking his territory and making it clear he’s a force to be reckoned with, while Murphy is still figuring out where all the levels of state government are located.

Should Garden State citizens, after eight years of Gov. Chris Christie, be concerned?

  • Democrats in the Legislature should give Murphy total support and freedom to initiate his policies, at least in these early months of his administration. After all, he was elected statewide by a resounding margin. His fellow Democrats should be mindful of that.

  • Legislators should vote their conscience of course. But this would not be the first time Democrats have shot themselves in the foot by intra-party bickering. It smacks of transactional politics that the state has been known for. And look at what happened last time? Half-measures and lack of total solutions turned into eight years of Chris Christie. Voters don’t reward that kind of behavior.

  • Sweeney is right to put the brakes on some of Murphy’s more liberal policy proposals. This state may be blue, but most voters are centrist. There’s nothing wrong with careful study of major change. That’s the Legislature’s job.

  • Let’s see what Murphy’s made of. He’s been elected to the most powerful governor’s seat in the nation. If he can’t control his own party, maybe he’s not up to the job.

  • I’m going to enjoy watching this unfold. Inaction could be the best thing that could happen to Murphy’s radical-left proposals.

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