Sen Michael Doherty: Gas Tax Sunk NJ Assembly Republicans

In an email to his Republican colleagues in the NJ Senate on Monday, Senator Michael Doherty said that the Assembly Mike DohertyRepublican leadership’s support of increasing the gas tax is what led to the loss of four seats in the lower chamber in last week’s election.

Rutgers-Eagleton conducted a poll in October on the gas tax.  See attachment and an extract of the results below.

Why did Republican Assembly leadership come out in support of a gas tax increase?

R Assembly candidates should have all come out 100% against a gas tax increase.

66% of voters oppose a gas tax increase.

We had 69% of Independent voters and 73% of Republican voters on our side.

Even 57% of Democrat voters oppose the gas tax increase.

We wouldn’t have lost any seats if R’s campaigned on being 100% against a gas tax increase.

“We didn’t have to lose any seats and could have picked up a few,” Doherty said told  MoreMonmouthMusings, “We had no message.”

Doherty said that he has not heard back from any of his Senate colleagues.

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Posted: November 10th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2015 Legislative Races, Eagleton Poll, Gas Tax, New Jersey, NJ GOP, NJ Senate Republicans, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

“Crap” Poll Gives Christie High Marks

The pollsters that Governor Chris Chrisite called “crap” last month released the first post Hurricane Sandy independent poll this morning.  The results give the governor extremely high marks for his handling of the superstorm which ravaged the Jersey Shore and impacted 66% of all New Jersey residents.

On October 9, Christie reacted to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll that indicated improving approval ratings but soft support for his reelection by calling the Eagleton polls “crap.”

“It’s never good, it’s never accurate. When it’s good for me, it’s not right, when it’s bad for me it’s not right,” Christie said according to PolitickerNJ.  He said he would not comment about future Eagleton polls.

But Sandy was a live changing event.  Don’t be surprised if Christie has something honest and refreshing to say about today’s polling results when questioned by a reporter.

92% of the respondents said that Christie handled Hurricane Sandy well.  69% said he handled it “very well” and 23% rated him “somewhat well.”

The other 8% are cranky and don’t like fleece. (MMM’s assessment, not a poll result)

81% answered that Christie and President Obama showed the “needed cooperation and bipartisanship” in handling the aftermath of Sandy.  12% said Christie went too far in his praise of the president.

Christie’s ovrerall favorability rating now stands at 65%, 67% with registered voters.

49% of Democrats, 70% of Independents and 89% of Republicans now have a favorable impression of the governor.  Only 38% of Democrats report an unfavorable impression of him, down from 68% in early October.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker, considered the only Democrat with a chance to defeat Christie in the 2013 general election, has not been active on twitter since the poll was released.

Posted: November 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: 2013 Gubernatorial Politics, Chris Christie, Cory Booker, Eagleton Poll, Hurricane Sandy, Rutgers-Eagleton | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »