A Monmouth University poll said Democrats had a shot at all five Republican-held congressional seats in N.J. this fall.
WASHINGTON — Can New Jersey’s congressional delegation have no Republicans after November’s election?
New Jersey voters overwhelmingly preferred to have a Democrat rather than a Republican representing them in the U.S. House, and the unpopularity of President Donald Trump and the GOP tax plan were major reasons, according to a poll released Monday.
The Democrats held a 54 percent to 35 percent edge in the Monmouth University poll’s generic ballot holds up, threatening five Republican-held seats.
“This is pretty astounding,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. “If these results hold, we could be down to just one or two – or maybe even zero – Republican members in the state congressional delegation after November.”
Dems are targeting even this N.J. lawmaker
National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Chris Martin said he wasn’t concerned.
“As we learned in 2016, these generic polls are a snapshot in time that widely fluctuate leading up to the election,” Martin said. “What remains consistent is Democrats running untested and flawed candidates against proven Republican leaders across New Jersey.”
Fueling the negative numbers for Republicans was New Jerseyans’ disapproval of Trump’s performance in office. More than 6 in 10 voters, 61 percent, disapproved of the job he was doing as president, compared with 35 percent who viewed his performance positively.
And 45 percent disapproved of the Republican tax bill, which disproportionately affected New Jersey and other high-tax states by capping the federal deduction for state and local taxes. Just 36 percent approved of the new law.
Only one New Jersey lawmaker, Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-3rd Dist., supported the Republican tax bill. The other four Republicans and all nine Democratic senators and representatives voted no.
The American Action Network, a nonprofit with ties to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has spent more than $30 million on ads supporting the tax bill, including a new $1 million campaign in 30 districts, including MacArthur’s.
That hasn’t convinced Garden State residents that the legislation was a good deal for them.
“Most New Jerseyans feel like they’ve ended up with the short end of the stick from these tax reforms,” Murray said. “That’s what makes this plan a particularly tough sell for Republican House candidates here.”
Almost half of N.J. registered voters, 48 percent, said they expected to pay more in federal taxes even …read more
Source:: New Jersey Real-Time News