As the recession drags on, there’s a real possibility that the sagging economy could spell trouble for incumbent politicians.
Take New Jersey, for example: A Quinnipiac University poll of registered voters shows Democratic Governor Jon Corzine — who is up for re-election in November — trailing his likely Republican challenger Chris Christie by nine points in a hypothetical match up. That’s up from a six-point margin last month; and Corzine is behind despite the fact that 61 percent of those surveyed say they don’t even know enough about Christie.
Half of all voters disapprove of the job Corzine is doing; and 53 percent say he doesn’t deserve to be re-elected. In this climate, it probably doesn’t help Corzine that he has a Wall Street background.
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