April 10, 2019 | Number of The Day
NJ political leaders who get favorable ratings from voters

Many of New Jersey’s political leaders might usefully put a stint at charm school on their Google calendars. Not one of them is favored by a majority of the state’s residents, according to a joint poll by Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics and Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Gov. Phil Murphy scored more favorable than unfavorable reactions in the poll (43 percent favorable to 37 percent unfavorable, with one in five having no opinion). U.S. Sen. Cory Booker did better (46 percent favorable, 32 percent unfavorable). They were the only two whose numbers, the poll found, were “right side up.”

“These are solidly Democratic politicians who represent a solidly Democratic state. And yet, none of them appear to be wowing the crowds,” said Krista Jenkins, professor of government and director of the FDU Poll. “But they’re doing far better than two marquee Republicans.”

As for the marquee GOP twosome, the poll found sometime-Bedminster resident President Donald Trump’s numbers were 30 percent favorable, 59 percent unfavorable. His chum, and New Jersey’s former governor, Chris Christie did even worse (21 percent favorable, 63 percent unfavorable).

Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester) registered 13 percent favorable, 21 percent unfavorable; and, for all the power he wields in the state, the poll found he remains unknown to many residents: 46 percent had no opinion of him, and 19 percent weren’t sure who he is.

Humble pie, anyone? Probably not.

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