Forty-one percent of New Jerseyans approve of the job Gov. Phil Murphy is doing and 38 percent disapprove, according to the latest Monmouth University Poll. That means the governor has been treading water in the ratings since Monmouth last polled New Jerseyans on the subject; in February, the results were statistically similar (43 percent approved, and 40 percent disapproved).
“Murphy’s approval rating has been stuck at a nearly even split this year. Recent events, such as the Newark water crisis, have not helped cast him in the best light. But the bigger issue seems to be that he is simply flying under the radar for most New Jerseyans,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.
Big-time Murphy fans — those who believe the governor has achieved major accomplishment — came to 12 percent. Forty-two percent said he has minor accomplishments. Thirty-six percent said he has nothing to crow about while 10 percent had no opinion.
The poll found that New Jerseyans believe Murphy is more concerned with his own political future (49 percent) than he is with governing the state (33 percent), 4 percent said he is concerned with both equally and 15 percent said they are unsure where his focus lies.