Despite a “C” grade for his handling of the state’s transportation woes, 54 percent of voters said they approve of the job Gov. Phil Murphy is doing, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.
In fact, Murphy already is faring better than his two most-recent predecessors. Chris Christie’s highest rating was 51 percent in an August 2010 Quinnipiac poll, while Jon Corzine’s was 50 percent in July 2006.
“You’ve got to remember that New Jerseyans don’t pay a lot of attention to state government and because there was not any trauma with the [potential budget] shutdown, they’re happy with the way things are going,” said Mary Snow, a polling analyst for Quinnipiac.
Murphy’s “C” grade on transportation was likely fueled by “his handling of mass transit as commuters struggle with delays and cancellations on NJ Transit this summer,” Snow said.
A spokesperson for the governor’s office couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
“These numbers reflect what the people of New Jersey have been saying for years: They are ready to move on from the Christie administration and the failed special interest politics that have plagued our state for so long,” said Brendan Gill, Murphy’s former campaign manager and now a political strategist who heads the pro-Murphy New Direction New Jersey.
“Gov. Murphy came into office with a clear mandate to build a stronger and fairer New Jersey that works for every family in our state, and the electorate is clearly responding to the incredible job he’s done fulfilling that promise in his first seven months in office,” Gill added.
The Quinnipiac poll also showed that 62 percent of voters were in favor of allowing adults to possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use.
Sixty-three percent of voters said they’d support erasing criminal records for marijuana possession, and 50 percent said they’d support the sale of marijuana in their own communities.
Still, 45 percent of voters said they opposed the sale of marijuana in their own communities, and to date, nearly two-dozen municipalities have voted to outlaw the sale of recreational marijuana within their borders.