October 1st, 2009
05:03 PM ET
3 years ago

RGA hits Corzine as New Jersey gubernatorial race tightens

As the New Jersey gubernatorial race is tightening, according to a new poll, the RGA is out with a new TV ad Thursday.
As the New Jersey gubernatorial race is tightening, according to a new poll, the RGA is out with a new TV ad Thursday.

(CNN) - The Republican Governors Association launched its latest ad slamming incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine Thursday, as a new survey suggested his GOP challenger's advantage has largely evaporated.

In a new 15-second television ad launched Thursday by the RGA, the Democratic governor is featured in 2006 footage saying "Hold me accountable."

"New Jersey's broke," an announcer then says in the ad, "Jobs are leaving. And our property taxes are the highest in the nation.

"Corzine. Taxes. Waste. Debt. Failure."

The RGA's spot was released the same day Corzine and Christie both launched their own new ads, hours before the two men and independent candidate Chris Daggett prepare to face off in the first debate of New Jersey's gubernatorial race.

Related: Corzine is 'whack,' Christie Web video says

A Monmouth University/Gannett poll released Thursday suggests Christie's edge over Corzine has shrunk to 3 percentage points among likely voters, 43 to 40 percent - an advantage that now falls within the survey's 4 point sampling error.

–CNN's Lauren Kornreich and Alexander Mooney contributed to this report.


Filed under: Ads • Chris Christie • Jon Corzine • New Jersey
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Bill

    Ad Slamming will instead Slam the Republicans.

    These Idiots believe in Negative Criticism rather than Constructive Criticism.

    Donkeys always remain Donkeys.

    October 1, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. victim of republican greed

    So "Kill 'em all, then determine their guilt" Perry and "I have this insatiable urge to fly to Argentina" Sanford, who also represent states that are poorly run, and still refuse to help their voters, are involved in this.

    October 1, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. Jamie

    Even I voted for Corzine, he becomes Taxes. Waste. Debt. Raise of toll fee, cut the budgets. Totally He is Failure."
    GO Chris Christie.

    October 1, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. Christie = Karl Rove

    Please. The RGA needs to hold Christie accountable for his ethics violations with Karl Rove.

    Christie's desperate gimmicks today seem right off the Rovian script. Push, play, repeat.

    October 1, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  5. victim of republican greed

    Say "No!" to Spiro Christie.

    October 1, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  6. Bob of Lompoc

    It's a dead heat now, so expect all the dirty Republican ads you have ever seen in your worst nightmares. The low life ones are coming out, and it isn't even nightfall. Let's see, some of the favorite Republican tricks, which they have even used on each other: 1) Corzine has a black child; 2) He is friends with Bill Ayers; 3) He has joined the Church of Reverend Wright; 4) He is not a Citizen of the United States; and, finally, worst of all, 5) He is a Communist!

    October 1, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. LacrosseMom

    America is not going to be fooled by the GOP again, any time soon.

    IF the GOP are such great governors, why is it that so many Red states are in danger of bankruptcy? California is one example of the GOP's disaster!

    October 1, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. GuyInVA

    As if it matters who wins this race. Political corruption is endemic in New Jersey. It is as big a part of the electoral process as voting itself. There is only reason to care who wins: The sitting governor will appoint the replacement when one of the NJ senators resigns in disgrace or goes to prison. But wait! Fear not liberals! Since Corzine is trailing in the polls, NJ democrats have been discussing changing NJ law so Christie could not appoint a successor. There would be a special election instead. If Corzine loses, he could sign the legislation into law before he leaves office. Just when I thought Massachusetts was the closest thing the US has to a Central American banana republic.

    October 1, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. www.firedoglake.com

    Corzine is making a comeback.

    Good for him!

    And, of course, it's always good news when we hear that Republicans have to spend more and more money for ads in one state just to keep a challenge to an incumbent Democratic governor alive.

    This means that the Republican Governors Association has decided to spend less money to help McDonnell in the Virginia race for governor.

    They must think that McDonnell's chances are diminishing, too!

    October 1, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. Legna

    If New Jersey wants Corzine again they should have him. However, they should not complain when they r fiscally bankrupt and businesses don't come there. Oh!!!!! and unemployement if clearly stated to include those not takn State benefits is around 30 percent forever.

    October 1, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  11. betty

    goldman sachs =corzine gives girlfriend union pres. parting gifts totaling 6 MILLION dollars after breaking up dating 2yrs.....were are the emails he don't want us to see?????? who do you trust???? I have no answer for you..

    October 1, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |