New FDU Provides Early Insight into 2025 Governors Race
Although the 2025 race for governor is still over 2 years away, a new FDU Poll released this week tested name ID and favoribility of a few potential candidates.
Among Democrats, First Lady Tammy Murphy has the highest name recognition (73%), with former Senate President Steve Sweeney, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver and 11th District Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill in the second tier. Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop trails, with 34% name recognition among Democrats statewide. Congresswoman Mikie Sherill, First Lady Tammy Murphy and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka have the highest favorability ratings among Democrats.
On the Republican side, the 2021 Republican nominee, Jack Ciattarelli, demonstrates the advantage of having been a recent nominee with 76% of Republicans saying they recognize him, and 47% having a favorable view of him. Talk show host Bill Spadea and State Senator Mike Testa have a 37% and 41% name ID respectively. State Senator Holly shepisi from Bergen County has a 22% statewide name ID among Republicans.
The poll included more good news for the Governor Murphy as his approval rating is 48% positive and 36% negative — up 8 points and down 4 points, respectively, from an October FDU poll.
Assemblywoman Mila Jasey Announces Retirement
Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-South Orange) will not seek re-election to the State Assembly seat she’s held since 2007, becoming the 15th member of the New Jersey Legislature to give up their seats in advance of this year’s midterm election and the 10th to retire from the legislature entirely.
Jasey had commitments of support for re-election after redistricting moved her political base, South Orange and Maplewood, from a safe Democratic suburban district that included Livingston and Millburn in Essex and extended to Madison and Harding in Morris, into the urban, but still hugely Democratic, 28th district that provides for Irvington and parts of Newark.
Jamie Fox Scholars Program Appeal for Support
This legacy of RCSG founding partner, Jamie Fox, lives on in The Jamie Fox Scholars Program, a nonprofit 501 (C) 3. The Fox Scholars program connects college students who are passionate about public service to mentors and internships. First-generation college students and those who do not have access to career networks are prioritized. And because students receive a stipend, they are able to take unpaid internships and gain critical experience and build their own networks. The program is offered at The College of New Jersey, Saint Peter’s University, and Rowan University.
The Fox Scholars Program relies entirely on donations and funds raised go directly to students. Please help us bring more young people public service with a donation to the James P. Fox Memorial Fund. Learn more about the Fox Scholars Program and/or to donate using a credit card go to www.jamiefoxfund.org.
RCSG’s Stephanie Albanese Recognized on Sen. Weinberg’s Power List 2023
Please join us in congratulating Stephanie Albanese on her well-deserved recognition on Senator Loretta Weinberg’s 2023 Women’s Power List which recognizes the most Powerful Women of New Jersey.