New Jersey voters appear to put finger in the eye of state’s ‘party boss’ system

New Jersey voters are rejecting the state’s “party boss” system, according to a poll released Friday, which showed Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ) leading the state’s first lady Tammy Murphy for Sen. Bob Menendez’s (D-NJ) Senate seat.

The poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University is the first independent survey on the Senate seat, which showed Kim securing 32% of the vote, Murphy with 20%, Menendez with 9%, and labor leader Patricia Campos-Medina with 8%. Menendez has not said whether he intends to run for reelection. The poll asked 504 likely voters.

“Generally, institutional support is enough to win a primary in New Jersey,” poll director Dan Cassino said in a statement. “With Murphy down, this election is a test of whether county organizations still have the power to choose a candidate.”

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