October 16th, 2009
01:29 PM ET
4 years ago

Race a dead heat as N.J. candidates get set to debate

(CNN) - As New Jersey's three gubernatorial candidates get set to debate for the second time Friday night, a new poll suggests the race is a dead heat heading into the final stretch.

According to a New York Times survey of likely voters, Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine holds a 3 point lead over Republican Chris Christie, 40 percent to 37 percent. Corzine's slim lead is within the poll's 4 percentage point sampling error, suggesting the race is statistically tied. The survey also shows independent candidate Chris Daggett continues to garner double digit support with 14 percent.

But 30 percent of voters in the poll who named a candidate said they may change their mind before Election Day, a clear sign neither Corzine nor Christie has made the final sale with three weeks left until voters head to the polls.

The Times survey, which included 987 adults between October 11-14, has similar findings to a Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this week that had the race at 40-41 percent in favor of Christie.


Filed under: Chris Christie • Jon Corzine
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Victim of liberal idiots

    Good luck to Christie, beat the evils of liberalism. This fine country will be in the throes of communism shortly unless something is done. Our socialist (another name for communist) leaders are heading down the road to bring us all to dictatorship. Look at the company they keep.

    October 16, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. victim of republican greed

    Say "No!' to Spiro Christie. Corzine has cut New Jersey's budget by $5 billion, and is turning New Jersey around. It would be a shame to elect a Bushie to set that state back 10 years.

    October 16, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. D.

    Change, we need change......
    If the previous thing was a change we need to change the change.....

    October 16, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. The Voice

    Corzine will win and it will be another set back for the GOP a.k.a Fox News Party.

    We need to support Deeds in Virginia. Cannot allow a woman supressor be a Governor, this is 2009!

    Can't imagine one woman in Virginia voting for McDonnell unless they are clinically insane!

    Go Corzine, go Deeds!!

    October 16, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. southerncousin

    Both look like crooks, we know Corzine is. Either would look great doing the perp walk two years from now.

    October 16, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. proudmemberofpartyofdumbasrocks

    Go get 'em Corzine! Beat the living snot out of that birth-bagging Christie.

    October 16, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. mark

    corzine=failure

    October 16, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. NOT THE KINDA GUY TO SAY I TOLD YOU SO, BUT I TOLD YOU SO

    Its new Jersey! The most corupt state in the country. They will pull the same thing the afghans did in their elections to ensure the democrat dictatorship in New Jersey will continue on.

    October 16, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. Ron

    The "dead heat" is spewing from the toxic waste in that state.

    October 16, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. Dave

    Vote for Chris Daggett as Independent. Come on America, let's show our politians that we are not happy with either party as they care more about themseves then helping out Americans.

    Vote ALL incumbents out of office !!!!!

    October 16, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. S M R

    Debate is a FUN word for Democrats, just mention " THE LAST 8 YEARS " and another FUN word, "LANDSLIDE".

    October 16, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. Gar

    Corzine = Goldman Sachs = Bank bail out rip off

    ANYBODY EXCEPT CORZINE. CORZINE IS THE PROBLEM!

    Vote for Christie!!!

    October 16, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. kaleto

    As if it matters. Christie and Corzine were going to have a runoff anyway, and Corzine will lose big time.

    October 16, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Willy Brown

    Corzine is a liberal loser. Buh bye crooked corzine.

    October 16, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. Operation Replacement

    Last year's Minnesota senate race was decided when a spoiler
    candidate drew too many votes away from the incumbent. Then
    there was the Nader factor in 2000. Could this become the wave
    of the future?

    October 16, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I am curious about how much Daggett will get and if there will be a turn out the vote effort by any of the candidates. If Daggett wins, what will he be able to get passed by the legislature? I don't think that they will be willing to give in on many of the ideas that he has.

    October 16, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. phoenix86

    Hang on Governor, two more weeks and ACORN gets its funding back. You'll get thousands of votes once that happens.

    October 16, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. Christie = Karl Rove

    No more Bush/Rove politics. Christie's unethical violations with Karl Rove are currently under investigation.

    Gov. Corzine should run ads informing the good people of NJ.

    October 16, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  19. Ex-Repug

    Christie is the last person you want running your state unless you are among his cronies and wealthy friends. He is hard-core conservative and could do alot of damage the same way Bush did. He's not smart.

    October 16, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. Hammerer

    Campaign is the top interest for Dems.,that and healthcare for the lazy. With unemployment at 17% WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

    October 16, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. victim of neo-tardism

    Good luck to Corzine, beat the evils of rightwing reactionaryism. This fine country just emerged from 8 years of regressive policies, and thank god something WAS done about it in 2006 and 2008. Thanks to real Americans, we were saved from rightwing dictatorship and another [R] economic depression. And all the smelly lemmings that were so cozy with throwing our country away to the rightwing disctators should read a dictionary, or better yet a history book, to learn the REAL meaning of communism or socialism. Look around the still you're sitting around - LOOK AT THE COMPANY YOU KEEP!

    October 16, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. New Jersey

    Just a Reminder!!
    NJ is a Blue State
    Christie is toast!

    October 16, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. Brian from NJ

    Corzine just got caught padding the unemployment numbers... and is still using the fudged numbers as proof his policies work. This is the problem we need to fix in this country... we have the highest taxes in the country and our unemployment mirrors the national unemployment rate... and all he can do is make stuff up... time for him to go! Go Daggett!

    October 16, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. YBM

    This whole Obama thing is real fishy. I am no Hillary Clinton fan but Obama should never have been able to beat her in the primaries. A first term junior Senator that spent his first two years voting present and his last two years campaigning for the office of President, against Hillary's experience and popularity? and winning???? That by itself smells, but then to win the presidency of the US??? This whole situation is rank. No thinking or intelligent person would have voted for this guy. I guess it shows the dumbing down of America is working. America is being sent the same way the Roman Empire went and for the same reasons. Only a lot faster. At least the Roman's had a thousand years or so.

    October 16, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  25. Fair is Fair

    Mr. Conehead Corzine is going to lose. So is Deeds. This is the beginning of the end for liberalism run amok.

    October 16, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |