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. Doug, New Jersey

    "I'm not defending Corzine because he is a terrible governor but I refuse to put another Republican in that will give the rest power to the municipalities"

    The municipalities are all lib, so how you are blaming republicans, is well very liberal Democrat of you. You showed who you are to those of us who live amongst your kind, the most dangerous thing in America is you using a 2 ton hunk of metal as a weapon to release your lib aggression and hatird each and every day. You are what makes a state a blue state.

    July 1, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. Vigla

    Robin, the only taxes I'm aware of that Corzine has raised is income taxes for those making over 200K and cigarette excise taxes... Property taxes are not under his control so don't go blaming him for that!

    You can call other people misinformed, but look in the mirror first. Vote out you mayor if you want lower property taxes and then when they tell you that they have to cut services in your town, you'll complain like the good little Republican you are. Let's go back to the old days of deficits and poorly managed government. Let's face it, NJ is an expensive place to live. Period.

    July 1, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. nom deplume

    Notice that most of the pro-corzine posters here are not from NJ. I live in NJ and Corzine is raping this state. Jobs are disappearing, employers are heading south, and taxes are skyrocketing.

    Anyone supporting Corzine on this board is either (1) from somewhere else (2) a NJ state worker, or (3) on welfare.

    July 1, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. 56 Year Old Jersey Gent

    I am from New Jersey and I am not crazy about Corzine; however, nobody I know plans on putting the Republicans back in power and making matters even worse.

    I threatened to vote for the Republican candidate but I was just mouthing off. I'm not that stupid. The republicans are the party of the rich and I am not rich.

    July 1, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  5. Tony

    With the administrative problems in the short time that New Jersey has had Corzine at the helm, the people would be crazy to re-elect the incumbent.

    July 1, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. nom deplume

    KD says "The problem in this state has never been with the governor, it's always been because the municipalities have too much power. "

    Whatever you are smoking KD, save me some. Had you been paying attention, terms like Abbott district, Mount Laurel, and COAH would mean something to you.

    Take another hit of that hopeium.

    July 1, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. Ex-Repug Gal

    Christie is actually one very scary guy. That's why he made a good attorney general – but governor? No way. Corzine has his problems but I don't want to see this wacko conservative in Trenton anytime sood.

    July 1, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. Dan Holiday

    Me thinks I see the beginning of a trend.

    I love when you Dems get scared of things to come. You automatically say, "well at least it is better than what the Repugs did the last eight years.." Really? Do you honestly think things are better? Wow, that is frightening. I mean the wars you all wanted to end are still going on, and in some cases, are picking up. The economy, which you are still blaming Bush for, is in the crapper. Taxes are on the rise. Jobs are being lost at an unbelievable rate. Shall I go on? This, to me, does not seem better than the last eight years. It was only the last two of those eight that things started going badly. Wait...wasn't that the time that the Dems got control of both houses? Talk about the party of NO. They are and always will be the party of NO. They did nothing to help this country for the last two years of Bushes administration, other than offer no ideas and obstruct things that would have helped us now. Go ahead and cry about the things you don't agree with when it comes to Bush and the last eight years. He may not have given into everything the liberals wanted, but we were much more prosperous and EMPLOYED during that period. Things are not better friends. Things are worse...so take the glass of punch away from your lips and open your eyes. At least when Bush did things wrong, the republicans could admit to it. You follow this leader blindly. SAD.

    July 1, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. Indie Voter

    I doubt I'll vote for either candidate–I may write in Codey simply because he has been (acting) gov twice and didn't cause any damage while he was in charge. Corzine entered office trying to fix the combined mess left by Florio, Whitman, and McGreevey and has actually tried to fix the budget. I'm not saying he's done a good job of fixing the budget, but at least he's willing to try things previous governors haven't. His ethical lapses are on par with the rest of our shady politicians yet he's managed to retain party control and have a functioning government. As for Christie, he has a good track record as an attorney, but he's not slime-free and seems like he just wants to add this job to his resume for an ego-boost. His campaign fight with the other major GOP candidate was distracting and unnecessary and only seemed to hurt the GOP as a whole. Has anyone else been paying attention to the Christie contracts story? Regarding property taxes, I want a gov and a legislature that will figure out how to reduce them for everyone and find a better way to fund schools instead of giving out rebates that are argued about every year.

    July 1, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. Vigla

    Republicans are the party of whine and complain. You want to live in a town with just rich folks and no industry like Red Bank or Old Bridge Township? Then you gotta pay. State income taxes are low in NJ, but no one complains about that. Try living in NY state, where income taxes AND property taxes are high. Try CA, where they are taxed heavily.

    I met Jon Corzine. He's not your usual politician. He's very personable and knows his stuff. I would rather have that kind of guy as Governor rather than a dumb politician like Christie any day.

    July 1, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. joe from collingswood

    I'am a 20 year old college student who lived in NJ his whole life. And the only things I have seen Corzine do is make us last for small business or rasing are taxes to give to union fat cats. Also taking the state police out of Camden, causing it to become the most dangerous city in the country. I can go on and go. Wake up cnn and liberal, Jon Corzine is cronie. Christe is going to win because people are done with his crap. And you liberal media can't stop it.

    July 1, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. Mike

    NJ Dem voting for Christie - had enough of all incumbents of all parties!!!!

    July 1, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. Hugo

    I say keep Corzine and get ready to follow your neighbors in NY with your very own 17% State tax increase! Did anyone see Franken's wife or was that Olive Oil? New approach, let the Dems have every single thing they want, stand back and watch the Chaos! Who do you tax when no one is working and there are no paychecks? Scheduled implosion date 2012 don't miss your front row seat! Meanwhile, a good investment tip is to buy a semi load of cigarettes, light bulbs and Tylenol....

    July 1, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. Northern Jersey Born and Raised

    I know John King and some other CNN Republicans were hoping we were dumb enough to be fooled by people who do not give a whit for ordinary working people.

    The economy is terrible all over this country thanks to the Republicans, led by the liars who got us into the mess in Iraq, ruined our economy, and made the rest of the world hate our guts.

    We are not that stupid. John King, tell the rest of your gang to stop trying to help the Republicans win elections. Americans are smarter than that.

    July 1, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. Mike

    I hope this is a view of what is going to happen to the democrats in 2010 and in particular 2012. We cannot afford any more change, the country is going down the drain under the democrats.

    July 1, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. Jeff

    God help you Marcy. It's people like you that have made us suffer under Democratic rule in this state, and have flushed it into the toilet. Actually, we're not flushed yet. We're still floating. The big flush will be NJ voting out Corslime. Only then can we start to rebuild the state and fill the tank back up with fresh water. How can you live in NJ, pay the highest property taxes in the nation, the highest this and that in the nation, and still think Democratic rule works? Brain death is better treated out in Ca. Go move there. Corslime is the worst Gov. in our entire history. The worst. Anyone voting for him at this point should be ashamed of themselves. The state pension fund mess was not created by the GOP, and hasn't been fixed by the Dems. Corslime has had 4 years to do something about it, and he's done nothing but let it get worse and bankrupt the state. Being a union member and having your state go bankrupt shows what kind of people are in the unions and supporting this bum. They could care less if everyone else suffers, as long as they get something they don't deserve. Turn the state around, and vote Christie!

    July 1, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. MoStock3

    That why NJ will never get ahead the Dems have ruined this state for years and will continue to. Lets be smart the only people that actually vote for the Dems in NJ are people in the major inner city where the state gives them everything. Maybe if our elected idiots in NJ actaully started to govern and help NJ out we may get out of this hole. Hey remember all the good our last Govener did with Zanadu & EnCap. So drinking the Democratic cool-aid and wake up!!! I can't believe one of you morons actually blamed Whitman. Just like you blamed Bush this has been a Democrat problem now for 12 years!!!!

    July 1, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  18. TangledThorns

    If NJ votes in someone with the low popularity of Bush or Carter then I pity the fools that live there.

    July 1, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. Nick

    That's not surprising that the GOP is doing well in NJ. That state can go either way, although it's typically Dem.

    July 1, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. Milligee

    Who and where did they poll? The folks with fine houses in Bergen, Morris and Hunterdon Counties?

    July 1, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. JohnNYC

    @Lori reminds the GOP that Obama's ratings are still higher than 2 term idiot Bush's!!!

    What color the sky in your world?

    Corzine will get voted out because people are looking for any alternative. But fortunately for you, you still have several months to keep living in your delusional world.

    July 1, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. matt

    Bush isn't in office anymore and now the rich old democrates have the white house now get over it so from here on out Obama will get the blame if things in this country aren't fixed

    July 1, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. MoStock3

    Thats ok we will put a person back in Office that caves in to the worthless state unions that have put this state into a hole it will never get out of. Maybe I wouldn't complain about my taxes when I see my town school superintendent making under $250K a year, the police officers making over $140K a yr. These unions have destroyed this state and why should I want to fork over more tax money when I'm not getting a raise but we have stupid contracts that let these Unions get what ever they want!!

    July 1, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. South Jersey as its own state

    I'am a 20 year old college student who lived in NJ his whole life. And the only things I have seen Corzine do is make us last for small business or rasing are taxes to give to union fat cats. Also taking the state police out of Camden, causing it to become the most dangerous city in the country. I can go on and go. Wake up cnn and liberals, Jon Corzine is cronie. Christe is going to win because people are done with the same old. And you liberal media can't stop it.

    July 1, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  25. Tom Paine

    New Jersey is a coplete mess. Thanks, Democrats!

    July 1, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
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