Phil Murphy, the former Goldman Sachs executive and ambassador to Germany, has a commanding lead over the rest of the field of Democrats striving to become New Jersey’s next governor. A poll released yesterday by the Stockton Polling Institute of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy shows Murphy at 34 percent. His nearest rivals are Jim Johnson, the former U.S. Treasury official, at 10 percent, and Assemblyman John Wisniewski at 9 percent. State Sen. Raymond Lesniak, Bill Brennan, and Mark Zinna all poll at less than 5 percent.
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno leads among the Republicans. She is at 37 percent, with her nearest rival Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli at 18 percent. Polling at less than 5 percent are Steven Rogers, Joseph Rullo, and Hirsh Singh, with 34 percent undecided or naming a write-in candidate.