A Democrat hasn’t been reelected governor in New Jersey in over 40 years. But, with six months to go before Election Day, Gov. Phil Murphy seems poised to break that streak. A new poll out Wednesday from Monmouth University shows Murphy with strong support from voters; 57% approve of the job he’s doing as opposed to 35% who disapprove.
Murphy, who took office as a relative unknown in the state, has become — through his regular COVID-19 briefings — a ubiquitous presence on TV as the face of the response to the pandemic, and it seems to be working. Charles Stile, political columnist with the Bergen Record, says, “Every sitting governor running for reelection has the advantage of incumbency, but Murphy is taking this to a new level with these coronavirus briefings. These are carefully orchestrated showcases of Phil Murphy, the crisis commander, the leader.”