WASHINGTON (CNN)– One day after the Republican Governors Association unleashed an attack ad on Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine, his challenger for the job, Chris Christie, released his own commercial saying the New Jersey governor was out of touch with his own state.
"Recently, Governor Jon Corzine had some advice for those looking for a job in New Jersey," the ad says as it cuts to a clip of Corzine explaining if residents want to see a "real unemployment rate" they should look at North Dakota.
"That's right, 'go to North Dakota,' the announcer says sarcastically in the minute-long radio ad. "Leave New Jersey, the Giants or the Eagles, the Shore or the Cities, and go to North Dakota."
The race for New Jersey governor has become heated in the final months, with both campaigns out with several attack ads.
The latest Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey Poll conducted September 8 through 10 shows 53 percent of likely voters have an unfavorable view of Corzine, while 30 percent have an unfavorable view of Christie.
When matched head to head, Christie has maintained a steady lead in the polls. However, Corzine has been gaining ground in recent weeks.
New Jersey voters head to the polls November 3.
UPDATE: Corzine spokesman Sean Darcy released the following response to the latest ad:
"New Jersey's most recent employment numbers showed another increase in private sector job creation with a decrease in public sector jobs. Christie continues to be wrong when it matters most, rejecting federal stimulus funding that would result in the loss of 35,000 teacher jobs and saying he would cut 20,000 public sector jobs. Christie's Bush economics would result in New Jersey's unemployment rate skyrocketing to 10.9% and a $2 billion property tax increase state-wide."