July 1st, 2009
10:44 AM ET
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Poll: New Jersey gubernatorial race tightens up

 A new CNN poll shows New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine facing a tougher battle with Chris Christie.
A new CNN poll shows New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine facing a tougher battle with Chris Christie.

(CNN) – A new poll of New Jersey voters suggests this year's gubernatorial battle between incumbent Democrat Jon Corzine and Republican challenger Chris Christie may be tightening up a bit.

A Fairleigh Dickinson University survey released Wednesday indicates that Christie has a 6 point lead, 45 percent to 39 percent, over Corzine, with 15 percent undecided. Christie had a 9 point lead over Corzine in a Fairleigh Dickinson University poll in April.

Just one in five of those questioned in the poll say New Jersey's on the right track, and only one in four say Corzine's doing good or excellent job as governor.

Christie, the former U.S. attorney for New Jersey, is trying to become the first Republican to win statewide office in New Jersey since then-governor Christie Todd Whitman won re-election in 1997.

"Even though it's early in the campaign, it is remarkable that a Republican is running ahead in New Jersey," said Peter Woolley, director of the poll.

Christie, considered a moderate Republican, led Corzine by 10 points in a Quinnipiac University survey released earlier this month.

National Republicans are gunning for victories in New Jersey and Virginia, the other state with a gubernatorial contest this year, as they try to rebound from their poor showing in last year's elections. In Virginia, the Democratic governor is term-limited and can't run for re-election.

The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll was conducted June 22-29, with 803 registered New Jersey voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.


Filed under: Chris Christie • CNN Polls • Jon Corzine • New Jersey
soundoff (93 Responses)
  1. Eileen

    Dems are overreaching and Repubs will take control again. The whites won't be fooled twice by Obama.

    July 1, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. Mike in MN

    I love how the Dems keep telling themselves the Republican party is dead. Sure doesn't look like it in NJ. Some Dems apparently think the only people who vote Republican are Republicans. They must think all indepentents vote Dem. Independents are not locked in to one party vote. If they were they would not be independents. There are more Dems than Republicans in American, but there are also more independents than Dems. Independents control who wins elections not the size of the Dem or Republican party.

    July 1, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. gt

    stupid is as stupid does..... Corzine is a rich wall street hack who is still taxing the state to death,,,,,

    July 1, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Dan in VA

    Who cares about NJ? The country as a whole is going straight down the crapper.... the weight and burden of a federal govt and bureaucracy slowly creaking past the tipping point....

    July 1, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. SENSIBLE MIKE

    I'm tired of the increased taxes and liberal policies of Corzine. Christie will be a welcome change for NJ.

    July 1, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. Realistic

    Republicans still do not comprehend why they lost the House,Senate and the White House. The reason is simple, they are about their own self interest and not about the people of America. When republicans publicly say they rather have Cheney in their party instead of Colin P, it shows that the rest of the country that republicans have lost their minds. Another reason republicans can not be trusted is because they listen to Rush, enough said.
    The conservative party is excludes anyone who can think for themselves. They want mindless Robots that will obey without question.

    July 1, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. Legna

    Corzine is bankrupting the state. Any thought that the poles reflect a tightening will b misleading. People are tired of being misled. He will b the first liberal to fall then there will b many others that will try to change but it will b too late for them too...If u are a fiscally liberal Republican, Democrat, Independent, or other you can bend over and kiss your hiney good bye.

    July 1, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. A Free Thinking American

    Corzine needs to go and get replaced by ANYONE. A monkey can do a better job than this chump. It's a perfect time for not just Chris Christie, but for anyone who wants the job. If a Dem were to go against Corzine, Corzine would definitely be out. In this case, it's not about the party, it's about the incompetent man at the helm right now.

    July 1, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. Greg

    I love how democrats keep saying the Republican party is done. Thats a HUGELY ignorant statement. Obama and the Democrats were elected on a platform of change... not on a platform of leftist insanity. The hardcore left voters LOVE to think that every american who helped them elect this recent bunch of clowns thinks as they do and hates the right as much as they do.

    The fact is, it's middle of the road sensible people who make all the difference.. and when the left starts turning us into 1980's Moscow... or present day Europe... those reasonable people who were swayed by nothing more than clever marketing of the Democrat brand will wise up and retribution will be at hand.

    The biggest mistake you leftists can make is to aleniate the right because of your ignorant belief that you are infaliable.

    July 1, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. Chris

    I will be voting for Corzine.

    July 1, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. Billy Ray Valentine, Philadelphia, PA

    People will not look to the past to see what repubs have done, but rather to now to see what democrats are doing (raising taxes, bigger govt, etc) and vote them out. 2010 and 2012 are going to be a big surpise for dems. They'll be on the outside looking in again, as the house will regain a republican majority and Obama will be a one term president, just like Jimmy Carter.

    July 1, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. Dennis

    I think as Corzine's record is brought before the voters, the gap will grow wider.

    July 1, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. Chris

    Aunt Bea – The state should just be divided.Give the top to N.Y and the bottom to Philly,it has become their bedrooms.Poor Jersey lost it I.D years ago as the Garden State.It was great then,I grew up there.Whitman is better.

    Ummm. Philly is not a state??

    July 1, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. DC Insider

    Wow, once again we see a lot of liberal hate from the far left of our Democratic Party. Personally, I am not a big fan of Corzine, I have a lot of friends in NJ who are not happy with how he has been running the State. I suspect we will see a shift of power in NJ to a more fiscally responsible (and less taxing) Governor. In the end, I think if Chris Christie wins, my far left liberal FANantics will claim the election was stolen. Where are all of the moderates? HAHA.

    July 1, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. Lisa, Saugus MA

    If the people in NJ are going through what Deval Patrick is putting us through here in MA, then Corzine deserves to be thrown out on his ear.

    Massachusetts (better known as Taxachusetts) will now go from a 5% sales tax up 25% to 6.25. This will definitely stimulute the economy YEAH OF NEW HAMPSHIRE!

    Even the CT people who used to come up to the western part of MA such as Springfield (home of the NBA) to shop since 5% was cheaper than CT tax won't be coming up to shop anymore.

    Deval Patrick is a good friend of POTUS and the POTUS is coming to campaign for Corzine....watch out NJ!

    July 1, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. Jeff

    The Dems are done. They will lose in 2010 and we will have a new president in 2012. I actually am glad that the Dems have gained power temporarily and ratcheted up spending and governemnt power. It just reminds the population that government expansion is not the answer... and the vast majority of Americans are recognizing this. Sure, the GOP has done some stupid things, but this time as the minority party gives them a chance to get reorganized and refocused. Mark my words Democratic party, your time in power is short. You guys will cut your nose off to spite your face. There is much irony in this whole situation.

    July 1, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. JB

    Last I checked Congress has been controlled by Dems for quite sometime, and yet, CNN viewers still blame Bush. And Obama is now taking credit for the successes in Iraq!!!!!!????? He really has a blind bunch of lemmings following him. When he gives free stuff to 51% of the population, and he continues to get re-elected, we will see the real fireworks from the other 49% who have to pay for the 51%. Keep in mind 40% of working adults do not pay taxes. The money is withheld from their paychecks, and then they get it all back and some (IRS data). This is the beginning of a major class war. And Obama will be smiling the entire way.

    July 1, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. Harold Ramos

    Mario Cuomo lost to GeorgePataki because of continuous increased property taxes. If you think the same thing can't happen in New Jersey, think again.

    July 1, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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