September 30th, 2009
09:16 AM ET
5 years ago

Poll: New Jersey governors race tightening up

With less than five weeks before Election Day, a new poll suggests that New Jersey's gubernatorial race is tightening up.
With less than five weeks before Election Day, a new poll suggests that New Jersey's gubernatorial race is tightening up.

(CNN) - With less than five weeks before Election Day, a new poll suggests that New Jersey's gubernatorial race is tightening up.

Governor Jon Corzine trails Republican challenger Chris Christie by four points, according to a Quinnipiac University survey of New Jersey residents likely to vote in the November 3 election.

Forty-three percent of people questioned in the poll, released Tuesday morning, back Christie - the former federal prosecutor in New Jersey - with 39 percent supporting Corzine - the Democratic incumbent who's fighting for a second term as governor - and 12 percent supporting Independent candidate Christopher Daggett.

Six percent are undecided.

The four point lead for Christie is within the survey's sampling error, and his lead is down from a ten point margin in Quinnipiac's most recent poll conducted a month ago.

The survey indicates that Corzine leads overwhelmingly among Democrats and Christie overwhelmingly among Republicans, with Independent voters breaking 46 percent for Christie, 30 percent for Corzine and 16 percent for Daggett.

The poll suggests that Corzine's approval rating remains low, with 36 percent of people questioned approving of the job he's doing as governor.

"Christopher Christie is still ahead in the Garden State, but when he looks in the rear-view mirror, he sees the bearded visage of Gov. Jon Corzine getting closer," says Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"This race looks as if it will go down to the wire. Does Christopher Daggett's impressive climb measure a swing to him or simply a distaste for the two guys hollering at each other? Will Daggett fade on Election Day? At this stage, his numbers matter," adds Carroll.

Christie is trying to become the first Republican to win a statewide contest since Governor Christine Todd Whitman won re-election in 1997.

New Jersey and Virginia are the only two states holding gubernatorial contests this year, and the Democrats are defending both seats. While both contests focus on state issues and the candidates themselves, both contests are also seen as an early referendum on President Barack Obama and the Democrats who control Congress.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted September 23-28, with 1,188 New Jersey likely voters questioned by phone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.


Filed under: Chris Christie • Jon Corzine
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Enlightened Voter

    No republicans! Haven't they destroyed this country enough!

    September 30, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  2. Vote out all republicans!

    We don't need any more republicans in office!

    September 30, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  3. Jacques

    New Jersey has too many uneducated idiots who will vote straight Democrat without thinking for Christie to win. Then Corzine can again increase the most regressive tax of all, the sales tax.

    September 30, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  4. John Canada

    That is what the left leaning media wants you to believe. I just saw another poll that had him up by 8 points done by Ramussen. I trust Ramussen over any cnn or liberal poll.

    September 30, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  5. Impeach the Joker

    If the people of NJ vote in the crook Corzine again, then they deserve what they get.

    September 30, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  6. Amazing

    Out with the Democrat destruction of our country! Vote out ALL Democrats.

    September 30, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  7. rob

    Basically lets face it they both suck. absolutely no good choice here

    September 30, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  8. Tom S

    Corzine had a chance to make a difference in New Jersey and things just got worse. Corzine now runs non-stop negative sleaze commercials against Christie. As a New Jersey voter who pays $20,000 a year in property taxes (which are not deductible because of the AMT), I have not a clue what Corzine, as a former Wall Street whiz, proposes to do in his next term to end the financial blood bath in New Jersey. He is simply a terrible governor. Of course we should know better than to put Wall Streeters in charge of the State House given their recent track record!

    September 30, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  9. victim of republican greed

    Come on New Jersey. Say "No!" to Spiro Christie.

    September 30, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  10. Issano in Florida

    This bozo Christie is bad for New Jersey.

    September 30, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  11. Bluini

    New Jersey Democrats will proceed to the polls like sheep and pull the lever for Corzine. They will deserve another 4 years of mismanagement and corruption.

    September 30, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  12. haren

    At last New Jersey voters realized not to support this Bush guy who wanted to give tax break to rich.
    Under John Corzine New jersey is way better in economy than other states.

    September 30, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  13. Scott

    Corzine has been a terrible leader for my state. However, Christie is, for the most part, not what he seems, and perhaps people are beginning to see that.

    September 30, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  14. Fox News RULES

    Looks like Corzine's gonna be in the un-employment line. LOL

    September 30, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  15. zack

    I doubt the NJ election has much to do with Obama. Obama should carry NJ pretty easily anyway.

    September 30, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  16. Lynda

    Come on Democrats, get out there and help this man out........we don't need anymore, Jindals, Sanfords, McDonnells, Palins as govenors.........we need to show these Republicans that their time has finally come to an end........either they get with the program and accept this last election or they will be sitting on the side lines for a long long time.....

    September 30, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  17. Jersey Girls

    Go Govenor Corzine!!!

    Govenor Corzine 2010!!!

    September 30, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  18. diana

    Hey coming from the repugnant that was a compliment.

    September 30, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  19. gt

    all he is doing is selling soap.... it gets a stupid comment in the paper.. and his name out there .... this guy is a nut job...

    September 30, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  20. Christie = Karl Rove

    Gov. Corzine needs to continue challenging Christie's unethical behavior, particularly with his improper connections to Karl Rove of all people. Christie is currently under investigation for ethics violations with Rove.

    The last thing we need is any more Rovian-style politics in our government. NJ surely deserves better.

    September 30, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  21. Liberal4Obama

    Christie has done a lot for himself and his friends, George W Bush and Dick Cheney, but hasn't done a thing for NJ. Corzine ain't perfect but he has a record of achievement as Governor.

    September 30, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  22. Bubble of Sanity

    You wish.

    September 30, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. cspurgeon

    Look at that fat Republican. The overfed look should be enough to dissuade voters. Greedy Pig.....

    September 30, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  24. Morie

    I would rather vote for Corzine than for any Republican. I did vote for Governor Kean and Whitman in her first term to vote out Florio.

    But with the way the Republicans handled the economy that landed us in this mess, I will not vote for a Republican for at least4 Democratic terms.

    They are not friends of the middle class. Right now the healtcare bill will benefit the middle class AND THE REPUBLICANS ARE OPPOSING IT TO DEATH. I will vote for ANY Democrat and vote AGAINST any Republican in the forseable future.

    September 30, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  25. Fair is Fair

    You have to admit – Corzine looks like he could play grandpa Conehead in an SNL skit.

    September 30, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
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