October 26th, 2009
01:46 PM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Corzine opens up 9 point lead in NJ race

Republican Chris Christie and Independent Chris Daggett trail Gov. Jon Corzine, a new poll suggests.
Republican Chris Christie and Independent Chris Daggett trail Gov. Jon Corzine, a new poll suggests.

(CNN) – With eight days left until voters go to the polls, a new survey suggests that New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine has opened up a 9 point lead over his Republican challenger, former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie.

Most polls in New Jersey over the past month have indicated that the race between Corzine and Christie was tied or within the margin of error, with Independent candidate Chris Daggett polling in the low double digits.

But according to a Suffolk University poll released Monday, 42 percent of likely Garden State voters back Corzine, while 33 percent support Christie and 7 percent back Daggett. Fourteen percent of those questioned said they are undecided.

"That 14 percent figure is high compared to other recent New Jersey polls, which have shown the undecideds closer to six or seven percent," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "That may account for some of the difference between the Suffolk poll and others. If Christie voters are hiding in the undecided category, that may mean a closer race than the poll indicates."

The poll also suggests that regardless of how whom they support, nearly six in ten voters believe Corzine will win - double the amount of people who think Christie will come out on top.

The Suffolk University of Massachusetts poll was conducted October 22-25, with 400 likely New Jersey voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.


Filed under: Chris Christie • Chris Daggett • Jon Corzine • New Jersey
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Independent Senior in Bandon, Oregon

    Vote Republican, before you know it, you will have

    George W. Bush back!

    October 26, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. Lori

    Better the devil you know, than the one you don't.

    I knew the people of NJ weren't that dumb. With all the race-baiting and hatred coming from the Republicans, it's no wonder the people of New Jersey would reject the Republican party when it came down to the wire. It always happens that way (NY-20 for example). Way to go Corzine! At least the people of NJ realize that nothing really is much better under Republican rule! History has shown us that. Good luck winning national elections, Republicans. With all the race-baiting (racism towards Obama, Sotomayor & Hispanics, etc.), I hope you realize you'll need ethnic people to vote for you to win on a national level.

    October 26, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. Bren

    Sorry........But these poll results are NOT what the unbiased, national polls are saying (Rasmussen, etc.). The unbiased, national polls are showing Christie with a 4 point lead (tied), and Daggett with higher support.

    However, they are also saying.........Those strongly opposed to Corzine is a lot higher than those strongly opposed to Christie. So, they are thinking that a lot of those who are now supporting Daggett, will end up pulling the lever for Christie-–rather than to be stuck with Corzine again.

    But, the NJ election will soon be here........And, we will see what happens. However, even if the Republican loses but comes very close........it will still be sending a clear message--–as New Jersey is a Democrat strong hold state.

    October 26, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. Kevin in Ohio

    NJ voters are beginning to realize that Christie is a political hack, masquerading as a "corruption-fighter"

    Drive the wrong way down a one-way street, cause an accident, injure the other driver and use your influence as a US attorney to talk your way out of a ticket. Seems pretty clear what kind of "politician" Christie is.

    October 26, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. Jake

    Keep it blue, NJ!

    October 26, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. A. Goodwin

    Go Dems Go! Dem till I die!

    October 26, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. ANONYMOUS

    The good citizens of corrupt New Jersey will get with they deserve!

    October 26, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. D.

    At this point, with knowledge of what the current governor has done, being undecided means "I am for the independent guy" but may not waste my vote and go vote for Christie after all....

    To vote for the governor at this point? Well, means his reward for a job done badly is more time doing the same bad job!

    October 26, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. Hugo

    Amazing, I believe this reflects the Big Obama Democrat push in up front poll numbers, from here on now it will get down to the peoples vote. New Jersey is a fiscal nightmare, people taxed to death, unemployment out the roof. You want more of the same, vote Corzine, if you don't vote like it, vote for the dough boy!

    October 26, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. Charlie in Maine

    I hope Mitt Romeny does as well for the GOP in Virginia. Look GOP the majority of Americans want health-care and they know who is standing in the way. I set let em stand in the way, move forward and push it right through them.

    October 26, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Lisa in FL

    YESSSS!!!! Keep dreaming rethugs, keep dreaming!

    October 26, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Cristie needs to jog before he runs. Instead of being a heartbeat away from a political office, he looks like he's a heartbeat away from a heart attack. I'm just saying.

    October 26, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. LacrosseMom

    BLUE NEW JERSEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    After EIGHT YEARS of GOP rule, and SEVEN years of a GOP Congress..... America will not soon return to the GOP!

    Thanks be to God!

    October 26, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. diridi

    new jersey....go for just jon corzine....ok...no second though.....these GOP will loot the nation, sate, and even your county....ok....don't even think of GOP nor REPUBLICAN IDIOT....THEY LOOTED THE NATION FOR 8YEARS....LONG...8

    October 26, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. Traj

    Corzine, you are in my prayers. These republicans have got to go. This negativity (due to no ideas from their party) is just awful. Republicans had total control for 6 friggin years and all of them got richer while we got poorer. I just don't understand how people who live in trailer parks don't get it. You are still in the trailer park after voting for Bush. You have not gained anything, and you have the audacity to be mad at the only person who gives a crap. President Obama doesn't care who you are, or where you come from. Your social status does not matter to him, he is trying to help all of us. Tea baggers and all (eventhough I would through them a peice of bread if they were hungry). If one of those republicans saw you begging bread on the street he or she would laugh at you, but if President Obama sees you, he will invite you to the White House and try to find out how you got to the place in life that you are at. He would try to find out what it would take to get you dumb butt back on your feet. You all are just mad he won. Get Over It. He' s the president, and he is half white...

    October 26, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. JK Ashburn, VA

    The beautiful thing about 4 more years of Corzine is that every state in the country can point to NJ and say "Aren't you glad you don't live there?" Businesses looking to create jobs can focus on states where the tax and regulatory climate makes success possible,

    Unfortunately, for the folks stuck in NJ, they probably aren't smart enough to know any better how had things are or are unable to escape - kind of like the folks stuck in Zimbabwe.

    October 26, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. Doug, New Jersey

    When people make right turns from the left lane, you know a state is too liberal to vote Republican.

    When you get cut off by a minivan and the 8 year old in passenger seat is giving you the finger, you know a state is too liberal to vote republican.

    When you see a bag of trash being thrown out the window of a prius, you know a state is too liberal to vote republican.

    When mafia violence is glorified and we see murderers as role models, a state is too liberal to vote republican.

    When unions are free to terrorize local businesses because they refurse to be a part of the usual union-lib extortion games, a state is too liberal to vote republican.

    When school children are being forced to sing songs about Obama as if he were god, but it is illegal for a student to pray to the real god, a state is too liberal to vote republican.

    Comare blue counties Vs red counties in America, the truth is undeniable.

    October 26, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. Jerold

    Unbelievable. How dumb are people. $120 Million Dollars spend on a desperate governor that has destroy New Jersey Residents and they are so STUCK ON STUPID.

    October 26, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. Peter

    Not to make this a downer on Corzine's lead but remember a few things...

    1. Its New Jersey, a relatively liberial state

    2. Polls aren't always right

    3. People are disgusted with all three of their choices, so its basically which one won't hurt us the most, and that is Corzine

    Good luck on election day sir, but just keep these things in mind..

    October 26, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  20. mrkusn

    A vote for Daggett is a vote for Corzine.

    October 26, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. Chris

    Christie is a step in the wrong direction. This South Jersey voter is voting for Corzine.

    October 26, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. Bev

    If Corzine had such a solid lead.............Then they would not have to send in the Democrat big guns--Biden, Clinton, and the Obama himself-–all at least twice!!!

    It seems that Obama and the Democrats are REALLY worried about this election!!

    I wonder how many seniors--who are going to have money/benefits/coverage slashed from their Medicare/Medicaid are going to show up to support the Democrats.

    I am HOPING so much that the Republican kicks butt in this election--in order to send Obama and the Democrats running and hiding with their tails between their legs.

    October 26, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. Patrick

    What is wrong with people in NJ? You keep electing people from the same party to office you're going to keep getting the same results. You can only lead a horse to water....

    October 26, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  24. Ethan

    How many scandals can one politician have? Christie has wayyyy too many skeletons in his closet. A new scandal every day it seems. How many are too many?!?! He's just horrible. I hope Corzine wins handily.

    October 26, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. Nick L.

    Go to realclearpolitics and they are showing polling that are completely bias and negative to Democrats... has Obama in other polls showing a gain and up beyond what got him elected, but surprisingly enough Fox and Rasmussen has the Dems and Prez down, hmmm???

    I love it that Corzine is going wipe his asphalt with Christie and his supporters at Murdock and company..HA HA HA HA!

    October 26, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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