February 12th, 2009
11:22 AM ET
6 years ago

Poll suggests Corzine could face tough re-election battle

Fifty-one percent of New Jersey voters disapprove of Gov. Corzine's job performance, according to a new poll released Thursday.
Fifty-one percent of New Jersey voters disapprove of Gov. Corzine's job performance, according to a new poll released Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new poll suggests that New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine's bid for re-election this year is getting tougher.

A Monmouth University/Gannett NJ survey released Thursday indicates that 51 percent of New Jersey voters disapprove of Corzine’s performance, while only 34 percent approve of how he is handling his job.

The poll also suggests that only one in five New Jersey voters think their state is headed in the right direction.

Another poll released earlier this month by Quinnipiac University showed Christie leading Corzine in a hypothetical match-up by a 44 to 38 margin. That’s a 12 point turnaround from a previous Quinnipiac poll of the race conducted in November that showed a 42 to 36 lead for the incumbent.

National Republicans are eager for wins this November in New Jersey and Virginia, the two states holding off-year elections. Both contests are often seen as a referendum on the party in power which is now the Democrats.

"The poor economy may also make this a tough year for incumbents from either party," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Even though New Jersey hasn't voted Republican for governor, senator or president in 12 years, the economy could make trouble for the incumbent even though he is a Democrat."

A few states south, Republicans are hoping to regain control of the Virginia governor’s seat. Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine is term limited and Virginia Republicans are fielding their strongest candidate in years with Attorney General Bob McDonnell. McDonnell does not have a primary challenge, while three Democratic candidates in the commonwealth battle it out to win their party’s nomination.

The Monmouth University/Gannett NJ poll comes as former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean Sr. is endorsing fellow Republican Chris Christie for governor in this year's contest. Christie recently stepped down as U.S. Attorney for New Jersey to campaign full-time for governor. It was conducted February 2-8, with 803 state residents questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.


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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. SPQR753

    Are we talking about Christie Todd Whitman, the same one that, a few days after 9/11, had the NERVE to say that the air, at Ground Zero, was OK to breath and had no dangerous pollutants?

    That lady should stay clear of Trenton and take care of "antique" little shop in Oldwick, NJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 12, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. sg

    Maybe Blago can run. He's available. Or maybe VA can give you Kaine. He's done a wonderful job here.

    February 12, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Danny D

    I am a New Jersey resident of the 6th Congressional District. I am a Democrat for life, and although Governor Corzine has faced many tough challenges, I fully believe he has the Garden State's best interests in mind. I also firmly believe New Jersey will continue to elect Democrats, as they have proven their effectiveness as leaders in our state.
    New Jersey has among the most diverse voting populations in the States, with a large share of Hispanic, African American, GLBT, and Union constituencies. The Democratic party of New Jersey has always fought for the advancement of these citizens where other States have fallen terribly short.
    I will be voting for Corzine in 2010, and as a matter of act, I will be voting a full Democratic ticket.

    February 12, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. Sean

    Looking forward to Christie as our new governor. He's gotten rid of so many Jersey crooks, he's gonna be a great governor.

    CHRISTIE FOR GOVERNOR!!!!!!!!

    February 12, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Dittohead

    the pendulum is starting to swing back.

    February 12, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. Chris McCoy

    Irrelevant Governor races are no indicator about the public mood. If you want to know the public mood, look at the polls over the stimulus. 62% approve of Obama's roll. 48% approve of Congressional Democrats roll. Deaf-ear Republicans barely got 36% approval for their obstructionist strategy. Photos of GOP congressmen high-fiving each other as they voted no on the stimulus left an impression on struggling Americans not receiving a Congressional salary of $160k a year.

    February 12, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. Post this

    Time for some CHANGE!

    February 12, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. nora

    Govenors win or loose not because of their party affilation but rather based upon their own merits. These two races will not be a bellweather of the future of the republican party.

    February 12, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. Patriot Guy

    Time to break out the sandals, beads, and Tye T-shirts and head back to Academia where life is oh so much more pleasant and agreeable. :-)

    February 12, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. AnnMM

    Repubs crack me up. Any sign that one Democrat might not have 60 percent approval and all of a sudden "the pendulum is starting to swing back" and other utterly ridiculous comments spew forth.

    News Flash.... most of America still thinks that your party's platform is from the Dark Ages. Your politicians completely and utterly out of touch. Unless YOU change drastically you will not be retaking control of the House or the Senate for a very long time (ever maybe?)

    Most unpopular Dems will be replaced by other Dems. The ones that are replaced by Republicans won't matter, because so many Republicans are going to lose their House and Senate seats the Dems will still gain ground.

    BTW... the majority of the people do support Obama's stimulus plan and when it starts working that number is going to explode upward. Buh-Bye.

    February 12, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. cr

    Hey Baze, what state do you live in? I'm sure all the "uncultured, pot hole driving, blue-collar, crime ridden, idiots" of NJ would like to move to your state...
    You pointed out every bad thing about that state, however you failed to mention that some of the wealthies people in the country reside in NJ and it also has some of the best schools in the country. And while the real estate market has been crashing across the country, homes in most parts of NJ have held most of their value. As for the roads, if you can keep up with maintainance for one of the country's largest states then you should get a job with the NJDOP.

    Don't blame NJ because you can't see beyond the potholes...

    February 12, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. David

    Jersey will NOT vote a Republican in Office.

    February 12, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. Independent Paul

    Watching NJ politics is like watching an episode of the Sopranos.

    Corzine = Tony
    McGreevey = Vito (watch out Jim!)
    Lautenberg = Junior Soprano
    Whitman = Carmela
    Menendez = Silvio

    February 12, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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