Is next week’s election a referendum on Phil Murphy?

Voters head to the polls next Tuesday to elect all 80 members of the state Assembly and one state senator, but a name not on the ballot may have a real impact on the results.

Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron sat down with state party chairs Democrat John Currie and Republican Doug Steinhardt to discuss how Gov. Phil Murphy could affect the outcomes in key districts.

Steinhardt says the election is “100%” a referendum on Murphy, claiming “more jobs and more people are leaving New Jersey than any other state in America.” But Currie countered that Murphy inherited many of the state’s issues problems from former Gov. Chris Christie, and he said he believes the governor’s “on the right track.”

Districts 1, 8, 21 and 25 are considered the swing districts in Tuesday’s election, and the two chairs had differing opinions on how Murphy’s upcoming campaign efforts could affect Democratic candidates’ chances.

“The governor will campaign in these swing districts,” said Currie. “I think you will see him before the campaign is over next Tuesday. He’ll be in all of those districts, if not most of them. I think he’ll be helpful to the candidates in those four districts.”

“I’ve seen more pictures of Donald Trump on Democratic campaign mail than I’ve seen of Phil Murphy,” said Steinhardt. “The Democrats are running away from him, the unaffiliateds are running away from him.”

Currie said he’s confident Democrats will pick up at least one more seat to add to their majority in the Assembly.