July 14th, 2009
09:17 AM ET
9 years ago

Poll suggests Corzine in trouble

A new poll shows Jon Corzine trailing Republican Chris Christie.

A new poll shows Jon Corzine trailing Republican Chris Christie.

(CNN) - A new poll of likely voters in New Jersey suggests that Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie has a 12 point lead over sitting Gov. Jon Corzine.

Fifty-three percent of those questioned in a Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday morning said if the election for New Jersey governor were held today, they'd vote for Christie, a former federal prosecutor. Forty-one percent would back Corzine, the Democratic incumbent who's battling for a second term.

Christie's 12 point edge is up slightly from a 10 point lead he held in a Quinnipiac poll conducted a month ago.

The survey indicates Corzine holds the advantage among likely Democratic voters 76 percent to 19 percent, while Christie has an even stronger advantage among, 89 percent to 7 percent, among Republicans. The GOP candidate also holds the edge among independent voters, 64 percent to 28 percent. Christie's showing among independents has increased since last month's poll.

"Good news for Christopher Christie: As voters focus on the campaign, he increases his lead slightly in the match-up against Corzine," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

President Barack Obama teams up with Corzine at a campaign rally on Thursday. While Obama has headlined seven political fundraising events this year, this will be the first campaign rally he's attended for a fellow Democrat since his January inauguration. The Quinnipiac poll indicates that six out of 10 New Jersey voters approve of the job Obama's doing as president.

"Good news for Gov. Jon Corzine: President Barack Obama is coming in and Obama's job numbers among New Jersey voters are good," adds Carroll.

The poll also includes a three-way match up, with Christie 9 points ahead of Corzine, and independent candidate Christopher Daggett at 8 percent.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted July 8-19, with 1,514 New Jersey likely voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

A Fairleigh Dickinson University survey conducted in late June indicated that Christie had a 6 point lead over Corzine.

Filed under: Chris Christie • Jon Corzine
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. southerncousin

    He is an Obamatron, of course he is in trouble. The libs don't realize yet that the emporer has no clothes because all they listen to is the MSM. TEA parties have been ignored, left wing nuts ignore and much worse say the republicans have no ideas because CNN & MSNBC don't tell them anything but Obamanews.

    July 14, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  2. Willy Brown

    Let's hope so!

    July 14, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    How many stories about polls and John Corzine do we need on the Ticker? Isn't this the third of fourth poll story on this guy? I say, if he improves in the polls, that is a story. If not, then we get it. This is getting as common as turning on Larry King and see him talking about M. Jackson (yet again).

    July 14, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  4. Dan Holiday

    Get used to it dems. This is a taste of things to come in 2010...lol. The tax and spend ways of the democrat party is not what we need. The party of tax and spend will be finished in 2010. Get this party of hate and fear out of congress. They are the true party of NO. No relief for the middle class. No ideas on how to fix the economy, health care, or education other than raising the taxes on the middle class. No fresh ideas...tax and spend is not a fresh idea. No accountability. No transparency. NO, NO, NO to this corrupt party of change. This is the worst congress and administration in the history of the world.

    July 14, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Gov. Corzine has nothing to worry about. President Obama is on the rescue.

    July 14, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  6. Stuffit

    I wish I had a dollar for every time CNN uses the headline: "Poll suggests Corzine in trouble", I could solve the current federal deficit. It would take longer to clear the debt, but in time and with CNN's help, it could be done!

    July 14, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  7. Former Republican

    wow reading this all i get no one has a clue to whos gona win. I rember polls showing Obmam was goin to be the first canidate to wash out in the primaries ??

    July 14, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. audacity of a dope

    TOTUS Has Crashed who is running the country?????I hear flags will be lowered to half staff today, such a sad day for Amerika

    July 14, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  9. Margaret

    I'm a bit confused. The article says Christie is a Republican but the photo caption says his a Democrat. Not that it matters; it's just confusing.

    July 14, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. Dave C - NJ

    I'm a hardcore Dem but Corzine just blows. He inherited the job from McGreevey who, like Palin and Spitzer, bailed out on their governorships. No one voted for him, and I don't know that I will start now.

    July 14, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. Shawn - GA

    As a former resident of NJ I can tell you this is not a Red or Blue thing. This is a matter of getting rid of Corzine.

    July 14, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  12. Robin

    For all you libererals out there, Corzine is not going to win. He is a terrible govenor who has not done anything for our state.

    We are sick of the high property taxes and being the state's personal ATM.

    July 14, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  13. watching

    Why won’t the Louisiana governor and other top Republicans denounce the Young Republicans’ new chairman, Audra Shay, who's accused of spreading racial hate on Facebook? check TDB

    July 14, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  14. Cindy PA

    No surprise; another Democrat in trouble in the polls. In 2010 when we have 20+ percent unemployment, 20+ percent interest rates on mortgages, 0 percent on earnings, the GOP can tie the $838 billion stimulus bill onto the Democratic Party in Congress and the teleprompter president that has no clue and is incompetent. The GOP will take back Congress and once again have to rescue the American public from government.

    July 14, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  15. Nick

    The print reads as 'A new poll shows Jon Corzine trailing Democrat Chris Christie.'. It should read as ..... 'A new poll shows Jon Corzine trailing Republican Chris Christie.'.

    July 14, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  16. Lance Coardill

    The Democrats better get used to this. I see 1994 all over again, with the realignment occurring, state by state, as more and more people realize that the democractic Keynesian approach to addressing our ecoonomic troubles is a recipie for disaster. Tax cuts, not increased spending, are what stimulate an economy. Our Federal government is not "Uncle Sugar" although Obama and his ilk certainly seem to think that he is.

    July 14, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  17. Doug, New Jersey

    1 out of 4 people in Jersey receives a check from the government each month, so that is 25% of the vote that the lib starts off with automatically.

    All you have to do is spend a day in this state and see how rude, inconsiderate, hateful, dishonest, selfish, narcissist, and mean the people are to know that there are far too many liberal Democrats for a conservative to win. Putting a conservative bumper sticker on your car is considered suicide in a state as blue as this. Corozine represents Democrat cronyism, the only real kind, and the libs here love corrupt mobster politicians like him. Just watch the New Jersey Housewives show, that's how the people are and obviously people like this are 100% liberal Democrat.

    July 14, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  18. yuri

    Perhaps BHO and JB can do some damage control, and fix Corzine's low poll numbers. GOP is a good party, but some of its candidates have earned the distinction of bein' recalcitrant and intractable, when it comes to managin' worldly affairs, as observed by us recently. It's just our opinion. We certainly could be wrong.

    July 14, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  19. Bob in Pa

    I guess we haven't known this for about 5 months now.

    July 14, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  20. mordechai

    Jon Corzine doesn't seem like a bad fellow; He's just not up to the job of Governor of New Jersey. It's a shame that with all that he has acquired in his journey through Wall Street and politics , he hasn't acquired a very good friend who could tell him "It's O.K. Jon, it's over."

    July 14, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  21. Fair is Fair

    "Good news for Gov. Jon Corzine: President Barack Obama is coming in and Obama's job numbers among New Jersey voters are good,"

    I just had a bad case of coffee-through-the-nose when I read this.

    July 14, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. gt

    corzine... the taxing machine.....

    July 14, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  23. JerseyGir9978

    Thats a shame. Christie is a crook with no plan. He just talks about how bad it is with no way to fix it. NJ gets a bad rap, but Corzine has done a lot in the state. ALL children get health Insurance, we have paid family leave – go family values!!!, we are 2nd in the nation for installing green energy, he stopped pension padding from no pay jobs, we provide excellent public education to all children, he's putting people to work with the fed stimulus $. I get tired of hearing how people living in their 1/2 million $ homes here aren't getting their $600 rebate check back. oh no...and he works for $1 a year.

    July 14, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. Jim

    Michael Steele wants Palin to campaign for Christie. That should even up the race!

    July 14, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. TCM

    Of course he's in trouble. This whole "liberal surge," led by Obama, with ACORN...MOVE On.org..etc...etc.... is being outed...the Americans that led this nation to greatness, myself included, have always seen through the facade of the liberal democratic movement. The only way they make ground is to discredit their opponent....not by virtue of their own merit. So, 2010...libs are bye bye..

    July 14, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
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