New poll shows one South Jersey congressional race is very tight

The latest survey from Monmouth University looks at the Third District.

David Madden
August 18, 2018 - 10:00 pm
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WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ (KYW Newsradio) -- With congressional control on the line, several house races are being watched very closely these days. Among them, one in South Jersey where a new poll shows the combatants in a virtual tie. 
    
The latest survey from Monmouth University looks at the Third District, where two term incumbent Republican Tom MacArthur has 41% support, compared to 40% favoring Democrat Andy Kim. Pollster Patrick Murray sees the district as pretty much evenly split.
    
"You have the Ocean County portion, heavily Republican with a lot of Trump supporters there. Tom MacArthur is up by at least 15 points in that part of the district," Murray told KYW Newsradio. "That's in the New York media market. And then we get to the western Burlington County part of the district, Andy Kim is up by 10 points and that's in the Philadelphia media market."
    
Make no mistake. Advertising will be heavy with MacArthur already on the attack. Murray believes Kim might be holding back till next month, as voter skepticism over the effect of the Trump tax cut grows. 
    
"When you push people, a lot of them say that their own taxes are going to go up," Murray added. "When people decide to vote, that's how they decide to vote, how will things affect me."
    
MacArthur was the only member of the New Jersey delegation to vote with the president.