September 14th, 2009
09:30 AM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Christie leads Corzine by 7 points in New Jersey

With seven weeks until election day, a new poll of likely New Jersey voters indicates Republican challenger Chris Christie holds an eight point lead,
With seven weeks until election day, a new poll of likely New Jersey voters indicates Republican challenger Chris Christie holds an eight point lead,

(CNN) – With seven weeks until election day, a new poll of likely New Jersey voters indicates Republican challenger Chris Christie holds an eight point lead over incumbent Democrat Gov. Jon Corzine.

According to a Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll, 47 percent of likely voters in the Garden State back Christie, the former federal prosecutor in New York, for governor, with 39 percent supporting Corzine - who's fighting for a second term as governor - and five percent backing independent candidate Chris Daggett.

Christie's eight point lead is down from a 14 point advantage he held in a Monmouth University survey in August.

The survey suggests that Christie leads Corzine 82 percent to 8 percent among Republicans and that Corzine has built up his support within his own party and now leads Christie among Democrats 77 percent to 8 percent.

The poll also indicates Christie ahead among Independents, 45 percent to 30 percent. Christie's 15 point lead among Independents is down five points from last month.

"A Republican holding a steady poll lead is unprecedented in recent New Jersey elections and this shouldn't be discounted. But the results also indicate there is a lot of churning in this electorate. Despite the incumbent's continued unpopularity, there is still a sense that anything can happen," said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

When all registered voters are considered, not just those likely to vote in November, the survey suggests a dead heat, with 41 percent backing Corzine, 40 percent supporting Christie and six percent backing Daggett.

The Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey Poll was conducted September 8-10, with 752 New Jersey registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.6 percentage points for registered voters and plus or minus 4.3 percentage points for the 531 likely voters questioned in the poll.


Filed under: Chris Christie • Jon Corzine
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Mario, mtl, ca.

    Not for long

    September 14, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. proud conservative

    I bet it is more than that!!!!!!!

    September 14, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  3. elliott

    It's time for CHANGE we can believe in.....conservative.

    September 14, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. Fed up

    Americans are waking up to the nightmare they voted into office and are going to try and undo the damage before this country is bankrupt!!

    September 14, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. Angie in Pa

    NJ Will not put a Republican in

    September 14, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. FORMER repubublican, NEVER again!

    republicans have proven they cannot run the county or lead effectively. They destroyed this country. VOTE for anyone but a republican!

    September 14, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. Chris D.

    I just don't see Christie winning.....I could be wrong.....

    September 14, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. republicans destroyed America!

    Anyone who votes for christie needs their head examined. Remember Corzine had to deal with the mess left to us by gwb and the rethuglicans as have the whole country. He did the best with what he was left with.

    September 14, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. victim of republican greed

    Come on independents, show some love for the gov. Good luck Gov. Corzine.

    September 14, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. jaye

    Polls are for idiots.

    September 14, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. disgusted

    Please vote for third party candidates. The two parties we have now are more concerned about the money they receive from special interests.

    September 14, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. Boycott FAUX NEWS!!!

    President Obama and the dems have started this country on the road to recovery that the repubicans destroyed. Why would anyone vote for another republican?????? And people, boycott FAUX NEWS, they are a right wing hate machine.

    September 14, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  13. Post always rejected by CNN

    If the stupid voters of NJ put a republican in, see what happens. It is taken quite a while to dig us out of the mire bush and company put us in. And now the republicans are yelling and screaming that all this is the democrats fault.

    For example look at the good state of Minnesota...Phewlenty took control and we went quickly down the tubes...he is even now making matters worst. And he thinks he has a CHANCE to run for president. He does have a chance to run but he sure as heck won't get the nod. No body in this country would want such a guy. And if NJ picks the republican watch out you blow off the map and end up in those swamps NJ has.

    September 14, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. Liberal4Obama

    Christie does not stand a chance, people in NJ should ask him why his people don't feel safe walking the streets? Why is he disrespecting the people he is asking to vote for him?

    September 14, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. stevegee

    Corzine's defeat will only be the beginning...

    Just wait till 2010, all the liberal tax-and-spend-and-ignore-the-people politicians are going to be sent packing!

    September 14, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  16. Steve (the real one)

    While the rest of us have our own opinions and biases, we are on the sidelines! This is up to the people of New Jersey to decide who will best represent them in their state capitol! As it should be! If outsiders had a vote, Pelos, Reid and i would have been gone a long time ago!
    Do your thing, New Jersey! Exercise your rights! That's the AMERICAN way!

    September 14, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. Steve (the real one)

    While the rest of us have our own opinions and biases, we are on the sidelines! This is up to the people of New Jersey to decide who will best represent them in their state capitol! As it should be! If outsiders had a vote, Pelos, Reid and would have been gone a long time ago!
    Do your thing, New Jersey! Exercise your rights! That's the AMERICAN way!

    September 14, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |