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Poll: NJ Dems Hold Advantage in Congressional Races [AUDIO]

A Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll released Wednesday reveals Democrats hold the early edge over Republicans in the Garden State’s midterm Congressional races.

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“Forty-three percent of registered voters in New Jersey say that they’re going to support the Democratic candidates in their district’s upcoming election for the house compared with 32 percent who say that they’re going to support the Republican,” said Dan Cassino, a professor of political science at FDU and an analyst for the poll.

Regardless of the statewide advantage Democrats have, it almost doesn’t matter.

“These districts have been drawn and designed to ensure that there just aren’t many competitive races,” Cassino said in an emailed press release Wednesday.

The two competitive races are in South Jersey.  In 1st District, Democratic State Sen. Donald Norcross is pitted against Republican Garry Cobb. Norcross is the brother of New Jersey Democratic power broker George Norcross and Cobb is a former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker.

In the 3rd Congressional District, it’s a battle between former Randolph Mayor Tom MacArthur, a Republican, and Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard, a Democrat.

“We’re going to see a lot of interest only in those two congressional seats [and] not much else elsewhere,” Cassino said.

The survey also shows New Jersey voters are statistically split when asked if President Barack Obama is doing a good job. Forty-five percent approve of how he’s handling his job, while 42 percent disapprove. In March, 44 percent approved of the job Obama was doing.

“New Jersey never saw the sort of dramatic drops in approval that Obama experienced in other states,” Cassino said in the press release. “So it’s no surprise that any bounce for the president has been muted as well.”

Only 37 percent said the country is on the right track, with 52 percent who think the country is headed in the wrong direction.

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