Murphy’s chance at winning re-election drops slightly but still strong, new poll shows

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Gov. Phil Murphy is still in a good position to win in November’s election, but a new poll released Wednesday shows the race between the Democrat and Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli has tightened slightly. The governor has a 13-percentage-point lead, 51% to Ciattarelli’s 38%, according to the Monmouth University Poll. For Murphy, that’s a 3-percentage-point drop from a similar Monmouth poll from a month ago. Monmouth attributed the small shift “mainly from self-identified Republicans galvanizing behind the challenger.” Ciattarelli’s support from the GOP is 91%, up from 85% in August, ac…

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