June 10th, 2009
10:37 AM ET
14 years ago

Corzine in trouble, says poll

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/01/art.corzine.gi.jpg caption="Corzine is facing a tough reelection race."](CNN) - Just over a week after capturing New Jersey's GOP gubernatorial nomination, former federal prosecutor Chris Christie appears to be in a strong position to unseat Gov. Jon Corzine next November.

Christie leads Corzine by 10 points in a general election matchup, 50-40 percent, according to a survey from Quinnipiac University released Wednesday.

The poll also shows Corzine suffering from record low approval ratings, with only 37 percent of New Jersey residents giving the first-term governor positive marks. A slim majority also says things have gotten worse since Corzine took control of the state three years ago.

National Republicans are shooting for gubernatorial victories this November in New Jersey and Virginia, as they seek to end the bleeding from poor electoral outcomes in 2006 and 2008.

Christie, considered a moderate Republican, won the GOP primary June 3 by double digits over more-conservative Steve Lonegan, a former three-term mayor and small business owner.

The poll surveyed 1,338 New Jersey voters from June 3-8 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Filed under: Chris Christie • Jon Corzine
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Peter

    Corzine intrigues me....I don't know if he is good or not. I do believe polls can be wrong, look at the Virginia Governor's primary, Deeds had a very good distance from his opponents, and the Democratic Primaries, Obama supposedly had little to no chance of beating Clinton...

    June 10, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Lisa in FL

    The trouble with California can be traced back to Reagan (see Reaganomics). The trouble with New Jersey can be traced back to Whitman. The current governors of these states did not create the mess. Sound familiar.

    June 10, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. sharky11/NJ resident

    I must admit the party is on and the fight to the finished..this will be most interesting fight the State of New Jersey has ever had..

    So bring on Corizine you have more supporters than you thought you had.. the true test against a "ON THE JOB TRAINING" Christie will be proven November 2009...he lack experience and is trying to learn the job "ON THE JOB TRAINING"


    June 10, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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