(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.
Obama even helps former CEOs of Goldman Sachs. Is anyone out there connecting the dots, or just cheer leading for the red or blue.
The whole country is being swindled and most are sidetracked watching or participating in the US vs. THEM game.
Wake up! The US is "We the People" and the THEM is BOTH parties. While you cheer for one and deride the other watching the show, their minions are walking out of your back door with a wheel barrow full of cash.
"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."
Yeah, just as I thought, it makes perfect sense. And since is his first campaign helping someone, maybe a little, I guess bury the hatchet for a bit, you know.
Just one slimeball trying to help out another slimeball
When Obama was running for President he said the people would have the same health insurance as the Congress. I hope he was telling us the truth.
New Jersey was once known as the Garden State.It had great beachs,the pinelands,and great farms for miles.Then it was split in half by Philly and NY and takin over by crooks and thugs,the mob in AC,oil and chemical plants.I lived and grew up there it was great,but I wont go back anytime soon.
@Becca July 16th, 2009 12:45 pm ET
As for Obama, has there ever been a president that has spent less time in the office and more time going on dates?***Bush spent most his time @ Camp David
@Jeff – Texas July 16th, 2009 12:53 pm ET
Don't worry Corzine, the Messiah is coming the great Barack Hussein Obama, the first kenyan born president of the United States.***Where in the H_LL were you born or should I say Hatched!!!
Corzine is a mess, Obama is a mess. They should sit down and discuss alternative career options because both need to be kicked out of office. :-)
no because once Obama leaves the Economic situation in New Jersey is still going to be bad .
Corzine is toast and obamby will be toast in 2012.
What a joke. Obama can't even help Obama.
Obama is a poor excuse for a president and as an Independent American I am embarrassed………..
Mike in MN – "It is not the change people voted for when Obama ran on a much more centerist platform"
Obama ran as a centrist? He and the Liberal media may have CLAIMED he was running as a centrist, but anyone who actually read is platform and listened to what he was saying (in short, those who did some homework) could tell you Obama never was anything remotely resembling a Centrist.
Won't make a difference; the liberal radicals are already set on how they're going to vote...maybe a few will see the light, and come to their senses, but highly doubtful. One thing Obama's trip does do is, again, waste 10's of thousands of our tax dollars in a time when we need to be frugal....oh, my bad, WE have to be frugal, but he can spend...
Obama Victim July 16th, 2009 12:26 pm ET
is it possible for one idiot to help another??
takes one to know you......the class IDIOT you were
CORZINE will prevail and you repugnant reptiles will go hisssssssing back to the swamps where you came from.......
I think Obama should go and back up his buddy it can only help the opposition! He should give his speech on how Cap and Trade is going to create more "Green" job opportunities for the people of New Jersey while at the same time costing them an additional 20-30% increase in the goods and services they purchase. He should also expand on how much money he will be putting in Goldman Sachs and Al Gore's pockets with this carbon credit debacle! And while there Mr. Obama don't forget to enlighten them on their 57% tax increase they will soon be seeing! Wake up you bunch of blind mindless sheep!
There is no way Obama is going to help. People are waking up to tax and spend ways of liberals and they are seeing a bleak future for our country. The only thing saving Obama from being a total disaster so far has been the mainstream media (including CNN). If the media just simply reported the facts, Obama's approval rating would be around 35%. Hopefully one day the sheep media will start being honest with the public.
Fair is Fair July 16th, 2009 12:44 pm ET
Obama has a 60% approval rating in New Jersey, a state that's overwhelmingly blue.
Will that help Corzine? Doubt it.
Have to give you this one, Fair. It's doubtful even Obama could do much good for Corzine, he (Corzine) has be struggling all year.
@ Dutch/Bad Newz, VA
I invite you to repent of your misguided ways and join me in voting for Bob McDonnell for Governor of our beautiful state. We'll forgive you for being blindsided by liberal rhetoric. There's no shame.........
Good luck Christie
Good luck New Jersey!
Dutch/Bad Newz, VA July 16th, 2009 12:25 pm ET
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.
I have read a few of you last posts. You make it seem as if none of these guys run on their own merits! Maybe they can and that is why they need help. The people will decide if they had enough of Corzine or any other incumbent, regardless of Presidential support! lzamora July 16th, 2009 12:52 pm ET is an excellent example of what I am saying! Corzine IS NOT Obama and vise versa!
Obama's own goodwill is waning in this country, but maybe not in the same state that elected Corzine to begin with.
I dont even know what this guy stands for but i will vote for Obama again in 2012!
Too bad for Christie that the vote isn't for another 4 months.
(though this is a good thing for the people of NJ).
Most governors have low approval ratings these days, because the economy is tanking and that lowers tax revenue which causes budget crises in the face of greater need... That's tough, but it's life.
Corzine has plenty of time to turn things around as he out-spends his opponent 5:1, and almost all economists agree that the economy should bottom this summer and start recovering during the fall – which means Corzine will have at least 2 months of economic growth under his belt to help improve his favorables while his endless campaign war chest turns Christie into a form of toad.
8 points at this point in the year is nothing. This is still anybody's game.
Christie will not improve anything for New Jerseyans. These are tough times across the nation and the world and Corzine is doing as well as, if not better than other governors. What has Christie offered...nothing but platitudes...and allegedly, millions of dollars in contracts awarded to his cronies, or his former boss John Ashcroft.
He offers nothing new and and offers absolutely no details on any of his tired old slogans Corzine may not be great, but he is and will be a heck of alot better for New Jersey than either of the other contenders.
What has Chris Christie done for the State of New Jersey!!!
The NY-20 Race had the Democrat down by 20 points, in a Republican Strong District, and President Obama did not even appear there.
Look at how that turned out!!
Get over yourselves people, people are losing jobs, paying high taxes all over this country, and President Obama had nothing to do with it!!!!
Who Voted For The War THAT STARTED ALL OF THIS SPENDING AND TAXING??!!! Not President Obama!!!
And as a result, Gov. Corzine had to work with what he inherited!!!
Being That The Venue Had to Changed To A Larger One, Speaks Volumes!!!!!