February 12th, 2009
11:22 AM ET
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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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  1. Robin

    Just say no...to Corzine.

    February 12, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. NOT THE KINDA GUY TO SAY I TOLD YOU SO, BUT I TOLD YOU SO

    Yep the political shift back to our conservative roots starts here. The democrat party will be just a bad memory aafter mid-terms.

    February 12, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. carlo

    That really sucks. First, the guy almost dies in a car accident, now this.

    February 12, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    Anyone who votes for a Republican after the mess they have left this country in needs to have their head, heart and patriotic rhetoric examined.

    February 12, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. DEMwits

    It is a good sign that only one in five support the direction the state of NJ is headed...maybe the voting public can bring in a welcome change to the Socialist State of New Jersey.

    No other place in the country is as close to a socialist form of government than NJ...I mean you can't even pump your own gas for christsakes and you can't even drive a mile down the GS Parkway without getting hit up for a toll and pretty much everything in and around Newark is a HUD zone.

    Talking about a place that could use some CHANGE THEY CAN BELIEVE IN

    February 12, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. ranjit

    In new jersey, you just need to have "D" behind your name. No matter, what the issue is, democrats always win. This time, it looks really bad for corzine. An incumbent having disapproval of 51% is a very , very bad sign.

    February 12, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. Jean, Indiana

    What do the polls say about his haircut?

    Sad, but true - it makes a difference.

    February 12, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Kevin in Ohio

    And Blue turns Red........ 1/20/2013....less than four years away.

    February 12, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. Gary

    He made his money at Goldman Sachs on Wallstreet and now we have to bail them out. He should have to give back the bonus checks that he received. I think that he should not get re-elected.

    February 12, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. anon

    No way. He will win.

    February 12, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. Rick

    After listening to all you democrats chirping about how bad the 2010 elections are going to be for republicans it sure seems that a lot of democrats are in serious trouble. And after the pork-spending bill gets rammed down our throats there's going to be a whole lot more democrats in serious trouble, including the great and glorious Obama.

    February 12, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  12. Baze

    He SHOULD be removed. New Jersey is a blue collar crap hole full of uncultured idiots that live at home their entire lives, and the worst road system on Earth. If you had a penny for every pothole and everytime you got lost just driving through Central New Jersey alone you'd be a millionaire. On top of it all, Jersey has two of the highest homicidal cities in America: Camden and Newark, while Jersey City, Paterson Elizabeth, etc etc etc aren't too far behind. Jersey is arguably the worst state in America: it's certainly the laughing stock of the country.

    February 12, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  13. Debby, NJ...foot soldier 'til 2016

    Can't wait to vote him out...another millionaire running our state...time to go!!! Christie Todd Whitman was a waste also.

    February 12, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. Bruce

    If he loses, can he take Rick Perry with him? Then we Texans could get on with what we need to do.

    2010: ABP – "Anybody but Perry" Maybe after they both lose he and Corzine can take a vacation together. Maybe Corzine will drive.

    February 12, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  15. Bill

    Corzine, an alumnus of the prestigious Goldman-Sachs. But it was different when he ran it, no greed there. This Wall St. to government rotating door/shuttle bus route has got to stop. I question the motivations of a guy that spent $60 million of his own dough to win a Senate seat.

    Oh yeah, he was in it for the good of the people and could have cared less about all of that money.

    February 12, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. jaye

    I don't believe in polls.

    February 12, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. therealmarie

    Christie Todd Whitman, I don't think. No more Bush connected idiots. Anybody but a Republican. There is no intelligent life in that gene pool.

    February 12, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. I can see Canada from my house!

    I'm not a great fan of Corzine, even though I'm a Democrat, but NJ is hardly and indicator of the country at large: if the Repubs nominate some wacko for Gov, that will swing the state back to Corzine. Conservatives cannot win in the Northeast in a statewide race, and if they do win, they don't last: just ask Rick Santorum.

    February 12, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. Love Huckabee

    He's my Governor and I've be against him since he was all in for Hillary Clinton. Can you say Bilderberg? Well, let me tell you he's a bad governor to boot. He lied about our property taxes, cut all of our funding, and then has a nerve to cut job numerous jobs.

    This guy is a political hack. I'm a independent, but give me back Christie Todd Whitman anyday.

    February 12, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  20. Connie from Indiana

    He along with the majority of the republicans.

    February 12, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. JJ in NY

    Let's hope this clown can't buy another election .

    February 12, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. Simpliticus

    Goldman Sachs is the ONLY thing which might have a bad effect upon Corzine. Otherwise, he is a DEMOCRAT, running against a REPUBLICAN, and this governor KNOWS the fiduciary responsibility that the REPUBLICANS FAILED to perform, meaning that unless people link the governor to GOLDMAN SACHS and the problems with TARP that Paulson has produced, Corzine should navigate the waters of reelection fairly well despite what polls may say. As the economy goes, so goes REPUBLICAN losses!

    February 12, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. Robin

    Connie,
    Corzine is a Democrat and has been a lousy govenor. I will be voting Chris Christie.

    February 12, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. Bob in Pa

    Everyone outside New Jersey knows he's in trouble. You guys just figure that out ?

    February 12, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    @ Rick

    Read the article. Possibly the most sensible thing I've read today is that it's more a matter of the economy and state of affairs for the past 8 years ruining ANY incumbent's chances, irrespective of party affiliation. Bet hey, fluff yourself all you want...2010 will come and reality will play out the way it plays out...just make sure you pay attention to it so you're not pulling the tried-and-true GOP nonsense of fabricating a different version to make yourself feel better.

    February 12, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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