October 6th, 2009
05:31 AM ET
5 years ago

Poll: New Jersey gubernatorial race a virtual tie

Republican challenger Chris Christie, left, trails New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, right, by a single point in a new poll out Tuesday.
Republican challenger Chris Christie, left, trails New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, right, by a single point in a new poll out Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A month before Election Day, New Jersey’s Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine is now in a virtual tie with his Republican challenger, according to a new poll out Tuesday.

Forty-four percent of likely New Jersey voters support Corzine while 43 percent support Republican Chris Christie. Four percent say they will vote for independent candidate Chris Daggett, and five percent are undecided.

“With the start of an advertising blitz and the raw exposure of the debate [last week], the race has tightened to a dead heat,” said Peter Woolley, director of the Fairleigh Dickinson University Public Mind poll released Tuesday.

In a Fairleigh Dickinson survey released a month ago, Christie held a 5 point lead over Corzine, 47 percent to 42 percent, in a two-person race, with 6 percent unsure. Christie was also ahead by 6 points in the Fairleigh Dickinson poll conducted in July.

Tuesday’s survey of 667 likely New Jersey voters statewide and was conducted by telephone from September 28 through October 5 and has a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.


Filed under: Chris Christie • Jon Corzine • New Jersey • Polls
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Otis

    This really has to make you wonder whether Chris Christie was paid off by Jon Corzine to throw the election. Only in NJ do we reward lousy candidates with another 4 years.

    The GOP has no one to blame but themselves for fielding a horrible candidate.

    October 6, 2009 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  2. victim of republican greed

    Come on New Jersey, just say, "No!" to Spiro Christie.

    October 6, 2009 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  3. victim of republican greed

    There are too many elected republicans now. We do not need any more of them as they want to destroy our country.

    October 6, 2009 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  4. John (A Republican African American)

    Really is that why Real Clear Politics has Christie up by 7points on the average of all the polls???? CNN you can try to make people believe this is a tight race all you want but in the end its pathetic and down right dishonest to release a poll that you interview 2 democrats for every 1 republican polled. This is really pathetic CNN....

    October 6, 2009 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  5. JP

    I hope we do not have another stolen election like Al Frankens that comes down to the fake votes cast from ACORN registered imposters.

    October 6, 2009 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  6. Gary

    No more Goldman Sachs governors....vote Corzine out!

    October 6, 2009 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  7. Ren from Baltimore

    Chris Christie is not the most forthcoming politician around, to say the least. I know you've to be tough, circumspect, AND sociable to be a governor in any state, especially so in a varied state like the great state of New Jersey. That sociable part, not so much in Christie's favor, is it?

    At what point does he want the viewing public to know how he even answers civil questions? Is he a tough guy or does he just have the look?? With Corzine, we know where he comes from and where he stands; he's not afraid to talk to people, doesn't pull punches, gives frank answers be they easy to take or painful to hear.

    October 6, 2009 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  8. Paul

    I don't know how Christie can even have been employed, much less expect to get elected.

    October 6, 2009 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  9. Paul from Phoenix

    If NJ really votes for Corzine again, then they deserve what they get.

    October 6, 2009 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  10. Greg

    Good luck Christie

    October 6, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  11. Larry

    Republican Chris Christie is losing support because voters realize that it will cost them a lot more money to feed him.

    October 6, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  12. Peace

    I ask those undecided to make their last decision wisely. The negativity of ..... (sorry I do not mention which Party here), will not pull our nation anywhere! Its really sad!

    October 6, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  13. Chris D.

    Corzine is going to pull this one out.

    October 6, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  14. I can see Canada from my house!

    Its a classic case of , "...better the the devil you know than the devil you don't."

    Christie needs to prove he can manage the state, and he has not closed the deal. The electorate there has already decided, one way or the other, about Corzine's ability. Corzine's surge is due to doubts about a career prosecutor managing the business of the state

    October 6, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  15. mike

    if voters in jersey think a republican is going to solve there problems just look around at all the other republicans and the one thing they do the best is sick together like glue so looking for a goverment with some independents do not look at RUSH OR BECK there leaders

    October 6, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  16. Zach K

    A lot can happen in a few months.

    No matter who wins, the corruption in New Jersey needs to be investigated. If that doesn't happen, the winner could be the next Blagojevich.

    October 6, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  17. fellow from chicago

    Ah.. did anyone really belive the citizens of N.J. could vote for anyone other then a crooked Soprano-like Governor like Corzine. Why, if they voted for a Republican their souls would go directly to Hades.

    October 6, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  18. Shari, NY

    Christie had a decent lead a few months ago. Right now, the ads are paying off for Corzine. What will happen come November is anyone's guess.

    October 6, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  19. John

    It's unbelievable Chris Christie is even close to Corzine with his track record.

    Good to see New Jersey voters may be as well informed as they need be.

    October 6, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  20. T'SAH from Virginia

    VIRTUAL TIE!!! Just like in the presidential race, the POLLSTERS are finally realizing they need to POLL more democrats!!! Or, there is a change of heart somewhere... the state of NEW JERSEY will remain BLUE just like the state of VIRGINIA!!! Go CORZINE!!! Go DEEDS!!!

    October 6, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  21. Island girl

    Anytime a politician wants to suppress his opponent these days, all he has to do is align the person with Bush. In one of Corzine's ads, he has video of Christie in action with a framed photo of GWB prominently displayed in the background. Since such has been aired, I notice a change in poll numbers.

    October 6, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  22. rr

    Corruption and negative ads work. Just ask Corzine. NJ is a joke, but NJ residents apparently don't care.

    October 6, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  23. gt

    corzine needs the dila lama...just one bored billionare who likes to have his way to help his banker freinds

    October 6, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
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