April 22nd, 2009
09:54 AM ET
5 years ago

Poll shows trouble for Corzine

A new poll shows Corzine could be in trouble.
A new poll shows Corzine could be in trouble.

(CNN) - A new poll spells more trouble for New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine's bid this year for re-election.

Fifty-four percent of New Jersey voters questioned in a Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday disapprove of how Corzine's handling his duties as governor. That's the highest disapproval ever registered of a Garden State governor in Quinnipiac polling.

Corzine's disapproval rating jumped four points from March. Thirty-seven percent of those questioned think Corzine's doing a good job, down three points from last month.

While a majority of Democrats approve of Corzine's job as governor, he gets negative scores from a majority of independents and a vast majority of Republicans.

In hypothetical match-ups this November, the poll indicates Corzine trails Republican challenger and former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie by seven points and is tied with another Republican challenger, former Bogota, New Jersey Mayor Steve Lonegan.

The poll suggests that Christie leads Lonegan in the Republican primary battle by nine points.

"The economy is killing Gov. Jon Corzine's approval rating in New Jersey so much that he is vulnerable not only to a strong challenger such as Chris Christie but a lesser known Republican such as Mayor Steve Lonegan," said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

New Jersey and Virginia are the only states with gubernatorial contests this November. Democrats are defending both seats. In Virginia, the incumbent, Governor Tim Kaine, is term limited. Republicans are eyeing both seats and would tout victories in New Jersey and Virginia as sign of revival leading in the 2010 midterm elections, when 36 states hold gubernatorial contests.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted April 14-20, with 2,222 registered New Jersey voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 2.1 percentage points.


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  1. Enlightened Voter

    As long as a rethuglican does not get elected I don't care who NJ picks. The rethugs have ruined this country enough.

    April 22, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. Fair is Fair

    Americans are taking a good hard look at what the democratic party is up to... and not liking what they see.

    April 22, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. Robin

    Um, hate to break this to you. But Corzine is a Democrat and is a terrible governor.

    New Jersey will have a Republican Governor next, hopefully Steve Lonegan, and I can't wait!

    April 22, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  4. NewJerseyResident

    Corzine has got to go!!!!

    April 22, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. mark

    He loves to spend and tax people til they have a dime left. Say goodbye.................

    April 22, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. J in NJ

    Corzine is outta here!!!!!!!!!!!! The next Governor of NJ will be republican Steve Lonegan.

    April 22, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. Rick

    Gee, what happened to all of the democrat election sweeps that I was hearing so much about?

    April 22, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  8. Da Professor

    New Jersey??? Isn't that where the mob buries all its hits?

    April 22, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. Richard A. Spomer, Alexandria, VA

    The real issue needing to be discussed in the news has President Obama held up to the standard of President Abraham Lincoln, which he was running as a predecessor on/or in the first place?

    The number two does President Obama have what it takes; in bringing about criminal charges against the military officials which had participated in the white boarding?

    Jon Corzine is just another Democrat running for office in which President Obama’s clout is shining on.

    April 22, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. Frank

    Truth from NJ: All Corzine cared about was using the govenor's seat to reach a position in the White House. He spent these past 4 years placating anyone who could help elevate him with no regard for the tax payers cause he planned on being out of here before this coming election. That's why nationally he is always painted in such a good light, but everyone here thinks he's destroyed the state. But he backed the wrong horse for president, and was too slow switching for Obama to feel he owes him anything. So now he has to reap what he sowed, it's poetic justice. I hope another democrat runs against him, I hope independents run.

    April 22, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. Sniffit

    "Republicans are eyeing both seats and would tout victories in New Jersey and Virginia as sign of revival leading in the 2010 midterm elections, when 36 states hold gubernatorial contests."

    I certainly hope so. Nothing would be better for the Dems than the GOP continuing to refuse to change as we demanded on November 4, 2008. Anything to perpetuate their folly. They'll be getting another message in 2010, don't doubt, and they'll be pretending they didn't hear that one too.

    April 22, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. April

    Yeah, I usually vote Democrat but I simply cannot vote for Corzine. And Lonegan had JTP speaking at one of his rallies. And then there's Chrisie. I don't know who I'm going to vote for. Maybe I'll finally leave the state.

    April 22, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. Roy

    Good, another democrat bites the dust. Now this is change I can believe in!

    April 22, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  14. Chris

    Corzine has good ideas, unfortunately he negates them with the Democrats arrogance and stupidity. Chris Christie for Gov!

    April 22, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  15. Brad - California

    It doesn't matter who he is or what he does – he will be an incumbent which in my opinion indicates that he's been there too long already. Government is not supposed to be a revolving career door. That's been our problem all along.

    April 22, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. Jaimon

    NJ needs a governor. Don't elect the GOP... just throw those Dems out and replace them with someone who doesn't toe anyone's party line.

    April 22, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  17. dittohead using forty names

    Corzine bought the job,did what ever he wanted for his pals.He was always a Republican in Democrats clothing.

    April 22, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. ANGIE IN PA

    New Jersey will not Vote Republican Bet On It!

    April 22, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  19. Doug, New Jersey

    Take a drive in the garden state, if you are still alive after doing so you will witness just how liberal Democrat this state is. Yes, the Soprano's was sort of like a documentary, tons of those kinds of "how u doin" libs in this state and you really can't find a worse human being anywhere else in this country, maybe even the world!

    Corozine is fine, he symbolizes liberalism by talking about how the state is broke even though we have the highest property taxes, #2 casino industry in America, and tolls everywhere you go. This state is lib cronieism at its finest, Corozine is the boss and between the how u doins, taker libs, and the moraless Moore/Franken clones, a Democrat will always get elected.

    April 22, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. Doug, New Jersey

    "He was always a Republican in Democrats clothing."

    See, libs always lie and hate the truth. Corozine is a walking definition of the word liberal. He has not one ounce of republican decency, morals, values, integrity, compassion, fairness, or patriotism.

    You can google and find a picture of him too, that's no republican.

    The libs in this state are the worst kind of extremist hater libs you can find. They want all republicans killed, you think they would ever vote for one?

    Anyway to lie is to lib so I get the point of your post.

    April 22, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  21. Franky

    Well...if he loses, we'll know he won't have a reality show that's for sure, LOL!!

    And people are worried about their state? Look at ours!!! LOL!!!

    April 22, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  22. Mississippi Mike

    New Jersey has a long track record of electing corrupt, incompetent Democrats. While I think it would be wise for them to consider electing some Republicans, the citizens of New Jersey haven't been known to be wise.

    April 22, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. NJ Resident James

    Corizine is a terrible govenor, there is no way he could win the next election. There's so many things he's screwed up on that it would be criminal to allow him to be re-elected. Every few weeks my newspaper would have a headline about Corizine raising tolls or raising taxes, hopefully this will all go away soon.

    April 22, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. Rickymo

    He will pull it through–he has the money! But he is a good Governor for the State.which was another example of how the GOP ruins things.

    April 22, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. Michael M. Noonan

    Excellent news.

    April 22, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
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