It’s exactly 134 days until the November 2, 2021 General Election.

Here’s the most recent snapshot of where the race for Governor of New Jersey presently stands.

In a Fairleigh Dickinson University poll, New Jersey  Governor Phil Murphy leads his Republican challenger Jack Ciatterelli by a wide margin … 15 points, (48% to 33%).

An interesting sort of New Jersey electoral phenomenon has existed for more than 25 years.

From Christie Whitman … to Jim McGreevey … to Jon Corzine … to Chris Christie … to Phil Murphy.

The opposite political party of the just elected United States President has won the New Jersey Governorship.

Ciatterelli is looking to try and keep this off year winning streak in tact, in what has turned into the very dark blue state of New Jersey.

In order to pull off a major upset, Ciatterelli has a lot of ground to make-up.

New Jersey is also introducing early voting at the polls for the first time ever. It remains to be seen what affect this will have on Decision 2021.

Jack Ciattarelli
Jack Ciattarelli (Jack Ciattarelli)

Results from the poll include:

  • Fifty percent of voters approve of the job Murphy is doing as governor, with 39% saying that they disapprove.
  • While Murphy holds only a slim lead (39% to 37%) among men, he has a 54% to 27% advantage among women voters.
  • Both candidates have overwhelming support among voters from their own party, but Ciatterelli has a 28% to 23% advantage among independents. Almost half (48%) of independents say they either support someone else or do not know who they will vote for in the election.

New Jersey is one of only two states, along with the Commonwealth of Virginia, that chooses its Governor in the year after a presidential election.

All eyes of the nation will be on these two races, in the run-up to the 2022 mid-term elections.

Methodology of the poll:

The (Fairleigh Dickinson) survey was conducted between June 9 and June 16 using a certified list of registered voters in New Jersey. The simple sampling error for 803 registered voters in New Jersey is +/-3.46 percentage points, at a 95% confidence interval.

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