NJ Politics Digest: Poll Shows New Jersey Really Doesn’t Like Trump

According to a new Gallup poll, 61 percent of New Jersey residents disapprove of the President Donald Trump.

US President Donald Trump smiles before the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

President Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union address Tuesday night, but it’s unlikely a lot of residents in the Garden State were applauding, according to a new Gallup poll that found 61 percent of residents disapproved of the president.

NJ.com reports that Trump fared worse in only eight other states. Vermont, where the president has a 69 percent disapproval rating, topped the list.

Republicans in Congress might have done away with the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, but the state legislature might restore it—at least in New Jersey.

ROI-NJ reports on hearings Monday by the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee that discussed implementing a state mandate in hopes of holding down premiums.
But those testifying warned that requiring more people to participate in insurance pools won’t bring down prices alone and that similar attention must be paid to what sort of coverage insurance companies are mandated to provide.

It’s early days for the effort, and as the report notes, “it remains to be seen what steps the legislature will take.”

And Gov. Phil Murphy might have won the election in November, but New Jersey residents in January don’t seem all that enamored of their new leader. A new Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll shows Murphy with only a 35 percent approval rating, about double what Chris Christie managed in his final months in office, but hardly a strong show of support from New Jerseyeans.

The good news is that a full 40 percent are undecided on Murphy, which indicates the poll results could be viewed more as a statement on the pragmatic skepticism of tax- and politician-weary Garden State residents and less on their appraisal of Murphy’s early weeks in office.

Quote of the Day: “What eight states gave him lower approval ratings than us? That is what surprises me most,” — Seton Hall Political Science Professor Matthew Hale, on President Donald Trump’s low approval ratings in New Jersey.

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NJ Politics Digest: Poll Shows New Jersey Really Doesn’t Like Trump