(CNN) - New Jersey Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie Tuesday lands what his campaign calls a major endorsement.
Christie is scheduled to hold a press conference in Trenton to announce the New Jersey Environmental Federation's endorsement of his candidacy, according to a source close to the Christie campaign. The group is breaking with the Democrat in the race, Gov. Jon Corzine, whom they backed in the 2005 election.
The New Jersey Environmental Federation is a non-profit, action-oriented organization developing a growing coalition of community, environmental, student and labor organizations able to act on a broad range of environmental issues, according to a description on their Web site.
Corzine is facing a tough bid for re-election, but recent polls suggest he's recovering. Three survey's out over the past week indicate that the battle between Corzine and Christie, the former federal prosecutor in New Jersey, is basically a dead heat, with Independent Christopher Daggett grabbing a small percentage of the vote.
Another environmental organization, the Sierra Club, has endorsed Daggett, a former state Environmental Protection Commissioner.
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.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The White House is dispatching Vice President Biden to New Jersey and Virginia later this week to campaign for each of the state's Democratic candidates for governor.
Biden will speak alongside Jon Corzine at the New Jersey AFL-CIO 2009 Legislative Conference in Atlantic City on Wednesday at the Borgata Hotel.
The Vice President will then return to the Washington area to raise money for Democrat Creigh Deeds the next day at a private home in Alexandria.
The visits mark the second time this year Biden has lent some administration firepower to the two gubernatorial campaigns - he first appeared with Corzine at a campaign rally in June, and helped Deeds raise money in July.
(CNN) - The three candidates for New Jersey governor squared off on Thursday night in Trenton at the first gubernatorial debate of the general election, a match-up that featured heated exchanges over taxes, the economy and the unusual political topic of mammograms.
Republican Chris Christie wants to allow out-of-state insurers to offer health care plans that can bypass New Jersey's 45 coverage mandates, which he says drive up costs. But Gov. Jon Corzine, a Democrat, has blasted Christie for his proposal with a hard-hitting ad accusing Christie of wanting to drop mandated coverage for breast cancer exams.
Christie called on Corzine to pull the ad and apologize.
"I would not have a plan that would ever prevent any woman who needed a mammogram to get one, the governor knows it, and this is just another example of his shameful campaign," Christie said.
Corzine argued the mandates are essential. "I'd rather stand with the women of New Jersey than with the insurance companies," he responded.
The underdog third party candidate - independent Chris Daggett - also turned in a confident performance that could enhance his profile with voters, a boost that would likely benefit the governor, since polls show Daggett draining support from Christie.
(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.
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.
(CNN) - The gubernatorial race in New Jersey continues to tighten, a new survey out Thursday suggests.
A Monmouth University/Gannett poll shows Republican challenger Chris Christie's edge over Democratic incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine is down to 3 percentage points among likely voters, 43 to 40 percent - an advantage that now falls within the survey's 4 point sampling error.
Christie held an 8-point lead in a similar poll a month ago and a 14-point lead in August.
Christie, a former U.S. attorney, appears to be losing some voters to independent candidate Chris Daggett, who at 8 percent in the latest survey has doubled his support since August.
The poll surveyed 527 likely voters from September 24-29 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Hours before the first official faceoff between the three candidates fighting to be New Jersey's next governor, Republican hopeful Chris Christie released a spoof music video on the Internet that asks voters if they can afford four more years of Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine.
Christie's campaign put out a parody of the viral FreeCreditReport.com commercials on a variety of social networking sites on Thursday, showing two young men playing guitars and singing that they "gotta vote for him before we drown in debt."
"I was shopping for a pad for my baby, a cool condo or up in a tree," they sing in the video. "Too bad I didn't know my governor was whack, taxes are too high, my pay check is getting jacked."
Corzine released his own television ad on Thursday touting his record as governor, and saying that he still has "more to do." The ad is airing on cable stations in New Jersey.
"There's more to do, it's a work in progress, and we have more to do to get our fiscal house in order," Corzine said in the ad. "I think I can do that."
(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.
WASHINGTON (CNN)– Making a direct appeal to Hispanic voters in New Jersey, Gov. Jon Corzine's campaign released it's first spanish language TV ad Friday featuring Sen. Bob Menendez touting the governor's steadfast nature while condemning opponents for unwarranted attacks.
"In this economic crisis, New Jersey is one of the states that has suffered the least because of the stewardship of Jon Corzine," Menendez says in the 30-second spot. "He has made difficult, but necessary measures which is why he has been attacked unfairly."
"...New Jersey has the best high school graduation percentage in the country," Menendez continues, citing Corzine's $4 billion investment in new schools.
Nearly 14 percent of New Jersey's population is made up of spanish speaking households, with 15.6 percent identifying themselves as hispanic.
The ad called, "Nuestro Gobernador y la Educación" which translates as 'Our Governor and Education,' is airing on broadcast television throughout New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.
WASHINGTON (CNN)– With 42 days before New Jersey residents head to the polls, Gov. Jon Corzine's campaign released a new ad Wednesday blasting Republican opponent Chris Christie for throwing "his weight around" as U.S. attorney to gain special treatment in the state.
"If you drove the wrong way down a one-way street, causing an accident and putting the victim in a trauma center...would you get away without a ticket?" the announcer says in the 30-second spot. "Chris Christie did....
"If you didn't pay your taxes, ignored ethics laws - would you get away with it?" the ad continues. "Chris Christie. One set of rules for himself. Another for everyone else."
The ad, titled "If", is the latest attempt by the Corzine campaign to accuse Christie of using his position to gain special treatment. It debuts the same day the Democrat's campaign unveiled billboards statewide looking to capitalize on President Obama's popularity there.