(CNN) - A new poll of likely voters in New Jersey indicates that Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie has a eight point lead over the incumbent, Democratic Governor Jon Corzine. The Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey survey also suggests that a helping hand today by President Barack Obama may not provide a lot of help to Corzine.
Forty-five percent of people questioned in the poll, released Thursday, say if the election for governor were held today, they'd vote for Christie, a former federal prosecutor. Thirty-seven percent would back Corzine, the Democratic incumbent who's battling for a second term, and four percent would vote for Independent candidate Christopher Daggett.
The current poll closely matches the results of a Quinnipiac University survey of likely New Jersey voters released Tuesday, which indicated that Christie holds a nine point lead over Corzine in a three person race including Daggett.
The Monmouth poll indicates that only 54 percent of likely voters have definitely made up their minds on which candidate they'll support in the Garden State's November election for governor.
"New Jersey voters have a reputation of remaining undecided until very late in the campaign," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "If we see that same pattern this year, there will be a lot of persuadable voters up for grabs well into October."
The president teams up with Corzine at a campaign rally today. Although 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 Monmouth poll indicates that 59 percent of New Jersey voters approve of the job Obama's doing as president. But three out of four likely voters questioned say their vote for governor will be based solely on state and local issues and seven out of ten say that having Obama actively campaign for Corzine would have no effect on their vote.
"Jon Corzine is not doing as well among Democrats as he would like at this point," says Monmouth University Polling Director Patrick Murray. "The Obama visit is meant to link the fortunes of these two men in the minds of voters who already have a high opinion of the president, but are unenthusiastic about their governor and might sit out this race."
The Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll was conducted July 9-14, with 792 New Jersey voters and 527 likely voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for the overall sample and plus or minus 4.3 percentage points for likley voters.
Who knows? When you're trailing by 12 points to a republican, things are not looking well. Maybe the President will help him narrow the gap.
is it possible for one idiot to help another??
Before Hannibal's elephants start trumpeting their horns of disdain and the burning cross Christ Nazis fall on the floor in a doomsday staged cardiac shock; note that it is common place for Presidents to campaign for candidates within their party. Bush campaigned for Republican candidates as well (during, dear god, his administration).
The President's agenda does not stop while he is visiting the great garden state of NJ – and his staff is more than qualified to operate a telephone should they need to call him....
Deep breathe...a storm is coming....lol
Not if the voters have half a brain!! Anyone who would cast their vote because of a presidential visit should have their head examined, before the new health care comes and they can't get an appointment!!
Chris Christie is the best for NJ. Our property taxes and income taxes are through the roof. (amongst the highest in the nation) Our income taxes were just raised again a couple of weeks ago under Corzine's watch.
What did we get out of all that? An exceedingly high unemployment rate. One that NJ has not seen in a LONG time.
Christie has a plan on bringing "green" jobs over to our state to help out the unemployment rate and produce a more environmentally sound state.
Corzine has to go. He hasn't done anything except put us in a large financial whole with a horrible unemployment rate
I would imagine that given the state of affairs we are in, Obama could actually hurt any incumbant trying to keep their office.
People are starting to wake up and see that the wonderful speeches Obama gave were written by someone and read off a teleprompter. Heck, even the teleprompters are wearing out from all the bull we are being feed.
If I were Corzine I'd ask Obama to stay away.
Obama's popularity is dropping like a rock. Anyone with half a brain and some work ethic see that this fool is trying to tax the hard workers to pay for the lazy slugs. The only people that support Obama are the brainless, the lazy, communist wannabes, and rich Hollywood stars who somehow feel guilty for their success, but not guilty enough to stop charging $20 million a movie or $400 for a concert ticket.
If I were Jon Corzine I would not want HELP from the OBNOXIOUS, SOCIALIST Obama !!!!!!!!!! They called Pres. Bush HELL he is running EVERYTHING and taxing everything !!!!!
Will Obama visit help Corzine ?..................Guess it all depends on how much grape Obamalaide Obama can get his sheep to drink.
back up, many citizens bought eight years of fear mongering cowboy style presidency, wore W stickers, a visit will help despit the naysayers opinion
based on recent national trends, this organization should be renamed:
Never Allow American-Caucasians Peace.
I am sure Obama can give some pointers on how to propose pro-growth policies and then enact ones that retard recovery. As the master of the bait and switch Obama could be a mentor to Corzine. Being conscisouly dishonest is hard to do but Obama has it down.
With New Jersey raising more taxes and Obama wanting to raise more taxes, the voters from New jersy will feel their wallets and purses empty when they see the Govenor and President together. Also the voters of New Jersy need to remember that this is the governer who had to race down the highway for a nonemergency @ 90 mph.
Obama has a 60% approval rating in New Jersey, a state that's overwhelmingly blue.
Will that help Corzine? Doubt it.
Obama can't help Corzine. Corzine doesn't care about New Jersey. He is raising taxes and hurting the people.
As for Obama, has there ever been a president that has spent less time in the office and more time going on dates?
Who knows and who cares, honestly I am sick of the whole lot of politicians. I think the only way is to vote whoever is in office out of office. Then we might to see some real change.
I voted for Obama and still willing to give him a chance but ask me agian in a year...
poor backwoods regresives....palin as their saviour.......really sickening
No. We don't want Corzine AND most of us do not want Obama either.
Corzine is trailing and out of favor because of his tax increases. Obama is rasing taxes all over the place and his support is supposed to help Corzine? That's a laugh!
The 5 current polls taken since 7/12 all show Obama with an approval rating under 60% with the average being 56%. Just a few weeks ago the average was over 60%.
The polling average for if the country is moving in the right direction is 36%, a few weeks ago it was over 45%.
The approval rating for the Democratic lead congress is 32%.
A Republican is also leading in the polls for the Governer race in Virginia. And Obama's approval rating is under 50% in battle ground states of Ohio and Virginia.
Voters are getting a full blown taste of how unfettered liberal Democrats govern. It is not the change people voted for when Obama ran on a much more centerist platform.
By ever increasing numbers voters are rejecting the liberal path Obama and the Democratic congress are taking our nation.
If things don't change, Republicans could be voted back into total power by 2012.
Corzine has shown that he will fight for himself. Look at the commercials attacking him, they are all from the Republican Governors Associatation and not from Christie.
What Steve from NJ fails to note as well as the comercials from the RGA is that the whole country is under the same pressures from the recession. Corzine has acutally tried to clean up the messes from the past governors of both parties. Doing that during a recesssion isn't the best time, but it has to be done.
I do have a question for Christie and his campaign - how does Christie expect to prosecute corruption if he is the governor? He will be the chief executive and not the chief prosecutor for the state.
Democrat here, happy with Obama, not so much with Corzine, I will not be voting for Corzine because he is too deeply involved with the unions, for exemple, we have in NJ, teachers who after they retire and get a pension, get another job with the state to get another pension, sometimes even 3 pensions, pensions that tax payers have to pay. also, our taxes are insane, property taxes for instance, are the highest of the nation and yet the state treasury is broke, corruption is high, and help for the needy is very low, the rich gets richer here, while the poor, well do not get me started. We need to vote out all of the state legislature, no matter who wins the governor race, the corrupt legislators in the state senate have to go. please join me to vote out all the incumbrent state legislators.
Don't worry Corzine, the Messiah is coming the great Barack Hussein Obama, the first kenyan born president of the United States.
carlos July 16th, 2009 12:49 pm ET
poor backwoods regresives….palin as their saviour…….really sickening ---------------------------
Obama progressive??? Race-baiting, class warfare and socialism are not exactly new concepts.
Corzine has been a disaster. Noone can help him...