April 22nd, 2009
09:54 AM ET
14 years ago

Poll shows trouble for Corzine

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/22/art.corzine.gi.jpg caption="A new poll shows Corzine could be in trouble."](CNN) - A new poll spells more trouble for New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine's bid this year for re-election.

Fifty-four percent of New Jersey voters questioned in a Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday disapprove of how Corzine's handling his duties as governor. That's the highest disapproval ever registered of a Garden State governor in Quinnipiac polling.

Corzine's disapproval rating jumped four points from March. Thirty-seven percent of those questioned think Corzine's doing a good job, down three points from last month.

While a majority of Democrats approve of Corzine's job as governor, he gets negative scores from a majority of independents and a vast majority of Republicans.

In hypothetical match-ups this November, the poll indicates Corzine trails Republican challenger and former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie by seven points and is tied with another Republican challenger, former Bogota, New Jersey Mayor Steve Lonegan.

The poll suggests that Christie leads Lonegan in the Republican primary battle by nine points.

"The economy is killing Gov. Jon Corzine's approval rating in New Jersey so much that he is vulnerable not only to a strong challenger such as Chris Christie but a lesser known Republican such as Mayor Steve Lonegan," said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

New Jersey and Virginia are the only states with gubernatorial contests this November. Democrats are defending both seats. In Virginia, the incumbent, Governor Tim Kaine, is term limited. Republicans are eyeing both seats and would tout victories in New Jersey and Virginia as sign of revival leading in the 2010 midterm elections, when 36 states hold gubernatorial contests.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted April 14-20, with 2,222 registered New Jersey voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 2.1 percentage points.

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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Judi Baller

    Well this gal from New Jersey knew we were in for a big bad trip when Republican Christie Whitman decided to run on a state tax cut of 30%. I have never lived in a state so obsessed with taxes in my life and I come from MA (better known as "Taxachusetts"). New Jersey is a very dense drive-through state and it is going to cost people for services. For years after Gov. Whitman's tax cut, the lights on the highways were turned off. When she left for Washington and the Bush administration, her GOP successor blew so much tax money we really ended up in a ditch with even the insurance companies abandoning ship. Somehow Dem. Gov. McGreevy reversed the insurance mess so we have our insurance companies back but Gov. Corzine has had to try to turn around the mess left to him by past Governors (Democrat AND Republican) and their one shot deals that keep the voters happy. Times is tough, folks, and NJ is having its problems like everyone else. At least it didn't go bankrupt like CA.

    April 22, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. Not Jersey Joe

    Looks like Jon's White House hopes are in the bag. Bad economy, bad decisions, corruption (to be fair, he's not implicated), rising taxes and a lot more. A lot of us remember his previous life at Goldman-Sachs before he was pushed out.

    Hopefully, someone well qualified can clean up the mess and that includes that cesspool called Atlantic City.

    April 22, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. JonDie

    Maybe Dick Cheney or Mitt Romney or Rudy Giuliani or Rush Limbaugh or Sarah Palin will move to New Jersey and run for governor, then New Jersey will be able to elect the governor they deserve. Because any Republican they elect governor is going to be cut out of the Republican mold, a divisive, bitterly partisan governor who hopes to benefit from a ruined economy.

    April 22, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    For those of you who don't like your choices limited to the usual hard-to-tell-them-apart Republicans and Democrats, there's almost always a Libertarian to vote for. Now that's change!

    April 22, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  5. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    Being in the state with the highest income taxes for the working residents and having a Chicago politics type reputation no wonder the governor is in trouble. He cannot even obey the speed limits.

    April 22, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Nj will not vote any way other than democrat. It is that simple. Corzine may not be elected again but I don't see them becoming a red state. It is sad that NJ is so far in debt and has no one to blame but democrats. That is a fact. NJ pays the highest property taxes in the nation and you can't drive 5 miles with out paying a tole and they are still in debt. They have the second largest casino industry in the nation and and a beautiful coast line. Yet they are still under a huge debt. Nobody to blame but democrats.

    April 22, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. Stan

    Corzine's political days are numbered. New Jersians can no longer afford the liberal agenda. End COAH, End Abbott Districting, get our property taxes under control. Get the NJ government on your side and off your back. Steve Lonegan is the man!

    April 22, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  8. Sam Sixpack

    All that matters is we blindly hate Republicans. So what if 98% of the stimulus money is going to fat, greedy, rich people? So what if the economy is tanking faster than ever. As long as we join together in our blind hatred of everything Republican we can pretend we're relevant without having to know or do anything. Off with their heads!

    April 22, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. Debby, NJ...foot soldier 'til 2016

    NJ will not vote Republican...believe it!

    April 22, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. David

    Good, this CFR cronie needs to be shown the door.

    April 22, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. ArtNYC

    NJ together with NY have some of the highest taxes in the country, run by liberals to the ground, it's no surprise they are both in very big trouble. People and companies are leaving by the masses. Enough is enough.

    Consider this, you can expect to pay around $8-10k in property taxes for a run of the mill house. That is insane!!!

    April 22, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. Bob the Observer

    Fasten your seat belt, Governor. It looks like you're in for a bumpy ride.

    April 22, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. stugots05


    You can't just get rid of Abbott districts. They are mandated by a series of New Jersey Supreme Court decisions. I know Republicans like to think the chief executive can skirt the law, but that is not the system of government we have in America.

    The NJ Supreme Court interprets the NJ Constitution, and they decided denying poor districts equal funding violates the NJ Constitution. The Governor has to operate under the NJ Constitution – he or she isn't free to change it as they see fit.

    April 22, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  14. RSR

    If you live in New Jersey...
    If you work & have a job...
    If you have a family & kids...
    If you pay taxes...
    Then you know, Corzine has to go!!!

    April 22, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. Lori

    Let's put this in perspective... In NY-20, Republican Tedisco had a huge margin weeks before the election but he lost the election to the Democrat (although Murphy did have President Obama on his side). In the world of politics, a months can be a very looonnnnggg time!

    April 22, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. Baze

    How many times and in how many ways are they going to present bad polls for Corzine? Ok we get it, he's toast!!! Jesus!! Who cares about Jersey anyway?

    April 22, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  17. Hunter Reid

    Here's hoping Corzine and N.J. get its house in order so no more of you move south.

    April 22, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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