September 1st, 2009
11:15 AM ET
13 years ago

Polls: Christie still on top in NJ gov race

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="With two months until election day, two new polls in New Jersey indicate that Republican challenger Chris Christie maintains the edge over Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine."](CNN) - With two months until election day, two new polls in New Jersey indicate that Republican challenger Chris Christie maintains the edge over Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine in the Garden State's gubernatorial battle.

A Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday morning suggests that Corzine, who's fighting for a second term, trails Christie, the former federal prosecutor for New Jersey, by 10 points - 47 percent to 37 percent - with 9 percent of New Jersey likely voters questioned backing Independent candidate Chris Daggett and six percent undecided.

Christie's lead is up four points from a Quinnipiac poll conducted in early August.
A Fairleigh Dickinson University Public Mind survey also released Tuesday morning indicates that Christie holds a 5 point lead over Corzine, 47 percent to 42 percent, in a two-person race, with 6 percent unsure. Christie was ahead by 6 points in Fairleigh Dickinson's last poll, conducted in July.

Both surveys suggest that Christie's support among Republican voters is slightly stronger than Corzine's backing by Democrats, and both polls indicate that the Republican has a double-digit advantage among independent voters.

Christie is trying to become the first Republican to win statewide office in New Jersey since then-governor Christie Todd Whitman won re-election in 1997.

"The Republican appears to be in pretty good shape headed into Labor Day," says Peter Woolley, director of the Fairleigh Dickinson University Public Mind poll. "The question is whether he has peaked while Corzine still has voters to win over."

According to the Quinnipiac University survey, a recent string of negative ads by the Corzine campaign that attack Christie may be backfiring. Of the more than three-quarters of people questioned who have seen Corzine ads criticizing Christie for giving contracts to people with ties to former President George W. Bush, 56 percent say the ads are an unfair attack, while 36 percent say they are a legitimate campaign issue.

"The Democratic attacks about Christie's loan to his former co-worker score a little higher," says Quinnipiac University Polling Director Maurice Carroll. "Christie gets a split on his ads criticizing Corzine for failing to protect New Jersey against the economic downturn."

But both polls do indicate a 10 point rise in Christie's unfavorable rating from July.

The Quinnipiac University survey was conducted August 25-30, with 1,612 New Jersey likely voters questioned by telephone. The poll's sampling error is plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.

The Fairleigh Dickinson University Public Mind survey was conducted August 24-30, with 715 New Jersey likely voters questioned by telephone. The poll's sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

New Jersey and Virginia are the only two states holding gubernatorial contests this November. In Virginia, Democratic candidate Creigh Deeds, a state senator, trails Republican candidate Bob McDonnell, the former state attorney general, in recent polls. Virginia's Democratic incumbent governor, Tim Kaine, is term limited and can't run for re-election.

While both gubernatorial contests focus on state issues and the strengths of the candidates, since both seats are currently held by Democrats, national Republicans would like to make both races a referendum on President Barack Obama and his party.

Filed under: Chris Christie • Jon Corzine
soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. Jeff in Jersey

    OMG, not another Republican flunkie from the ROVE dung heap!

    September 1, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. NJ Pilot

    I don't want the NRA to push for "open carry" guns laws in NJ. Christie wants that
    I'm pro-choice. Christie isn't.
    I don't care what gay people do with each other...Christie seems to care quite a bit about that.
    I go to church but I'm not an evangelical Christian. Christie wants *more* connection between church and state. I want less.
    I don't want a George W. Bush-loyalist to run NJ

    Corzine has actually done a decent job of slowly improving things. Some of the blatherers here are too busy screaming "NO!" to even notice. I guess when you have policical ADD and a selective memory you can't understand why things don't get fixed *instantly*.......kind of like the way a 2 year old kid behaves. We are in *far* better shape than California (even though we were about even with them a few years ago).

    September 1, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. MonRob

    Wait till they elect the republican... then that will be worse.

    September 1, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. fmc

    This comment section has certainly brought out the repug trolls.
    And thanks to CNN for not identifying the two for us non-jerseyites.
    But Christie is the one who looks like Rush Limbaugh's younger, slimier
    brother (if that's possible), correct?

    September 1, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. Otis

    Corzine's incompetence is why he will lose. Has nothing to do with Obama. It must be time for Dems in NJ to pull the old switcheroo and nominate a candidate who may actually win. May I not recommend Bob Toricelli?

    September 1, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. Proud Member..Party of No

    Whaaat? Why, how can this be possible? Just 7 short months ago I was assured by the lunatic deranged democrats that a republican would never, ever win another election and that, in fact, the republican party was going extinct. And then I read this:

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 30% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -11.

    Move over Jimmy Carter, you have competition for the title of Worst President Ever.

    September 1, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. Chad

    I was born and raised in NJ. Doesn't matter who is governor, nothing will ever change. Corruption, corruption, corruption...

    September 1, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. lxm

    CNN where is the story on Harry Reid for making the statement on wanting a newspaper company out of business???? Is it because he is a Democrat???? let's see if this goes through!!!

    September 1, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. Hannah

    Who ever NJ elects they have a lot of cleaning up to do, wether it will get done or not is a different story.
    Whats sad to think is that who ever does clean up after our state will be blamed for doing whats right because we are so used to corruption and wanting the easy way out.
    I hope Corzine is re-elected not only because of his policies but also because of Christie's running mate who laid off 100(+) of his sheriffs officers when he was sheriff.

    September 1, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. Patrick

    Corzine has taxed our state to death, the only support he will get is from state and union workers.I had high hopes for this man but the state really needs to make a change.

    September 1, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. Reel American

    I am an American who is tired of my tax dollars going to pay for welfare and abortions I believe all Americans should have the right carry firearms and that the democrats and Obama Liberals just want to help everybody with my tax dollars like Immigrants, and poor people who want me to pay for their insurance get off your butts and get a job or suffer the consequences you made your bed now lie in it. also I am sick of these old people who keep wanting to retire earlier and earlier this is why we need to do away with socialist programs like Social Security and these fake Military Vets who because they serve in Iraq for 6 months think I should pay for their health care for life. REEL AMERICANS DESERVE A TAX BREAK AND AN END TO THESE SOCIALIST PROGRAMS

    September 1, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. J.P.

    Liberals and their buddies in the media snarkily write off the Tea Party movement as "republican wingnuts."

    These hope-smokers have no idea the size and ferocity of the electoral tiday wave growing just off the coast of Hopenchangeville.

    And it's not just eeeeeevil republicans, but conservative democrats and independents who have a terrible case of buyers remorse, even worse than the time you bought that Milli Vanilli record. The American voting public is no longer under the influence of hopium.

    You clowns better get ready for 20 years in the desert, because it's going to take that many years to undo Barry's policies and rebuild the prosperity he killed.

    Hopefully, it will be 30 years before American voters suffer from another case of long-term-prosperity-induced electoral amnesia and pull the lever once again for the failed policy ideas of Moscow and Havana.

    September 1, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. Allison in NJ

    When Corzine came into office four years ago, he promised to get rid of corruption by stopping the double-dipping polititions who are draining the pension fund and make this an affordable state for companies to thrive and people to live. None of that happened.

    Our taxes are extremely high, and the only people who can afford to live in NJ are labor unions who get raises every year, while the rest of us get messages from our companies saying they can't give us raises, again. Let's not forget the local jurisdictions who increase school fees, and everything else for "improvement." The only thing I see is an improvement in the local government's salaries.

    Our state is a joke. It's up to the people to say stop – enough is enough. Hopefully, New Jersey voters will come out and vote for a real change.

    September 1, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. Ray

    Throw the bumb OUT!!!

    September 1, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  15. seebofubar

    Just the first tree in the forest to fall......TIMBERRRRRRRR......

    September 1, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. keith 52yrs in NJ

    It doesn't really matter. No one is ever really going to fix the problems in this state like property taxes and the government pension system. NJ has a tradition of hating it s govenor. Am I right? We hated Corzine, Mc greevey, Whitman, Florio, Kean, Byrne and Cahill. We will hate whoever wins this election. Stay home. Rent a movie. Read a book. Don't vote because it soes not matter. NJ is hopeless.

    September 1, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. TomJay

    Corzine is a disaster for New Jersey. Corzine raised the sales tax, the most regressive tax of all. He has totally failed to clean up the property tax mess. He has totally failed to clean up the way in which New Jersey funds public schools. He spent too much time trying to hide his relationship with Carla Katz. Corzine is an ethical cesspool. The only chance Corzine has of getting reelected are the idiots who vote straight Democrat, regardless of which crook is on the ticket.

    September 1, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. Robert

    Corzine = tax and spend liberal. another example of big government NOT working.

    September 1, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. Mike in MN

    After just a few months of Democrats taking total control of Washington the nation is turning back to the Republicans.
    Republicans lead in Gov. race in New Jersey and Virginia.
    Reid is losing in his Senate race and the Republican is leading in polls in the race to Obama's old Senate seat in Illionis.
    Dems don't get it. In the middle of the worst recession anyone can remember they increase goverment spending to levels never seen before along with the deficits. They pretend we can afford a trillion plus health care reform bill that adds even more to the deficit.
    It only took a few months for the nation to be reminded that all Dems know how to do is grow a nany state government, tax and spend.
    They have no clue how to be responsible with tax payers money.

    September 1, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. Djak

    I was born and raised in NJ, but as a single mom, I had to move to another state because I could no longer afford to live there. The rents even in the bad neighborhoods are ridiculously high, and since I didn't want to raise children in those drug-ridden, high-crime areas, I had no choice but to leave. Now my children barely know their grandparents and aunts/uncles/cousins. My mom (who still lives there) had such high hopes when she voted for Corzine last election, but to be honest, he's just another politician...all talk, no action.

    September 1, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  21. Mike

    Getting rid of corzine will be the first step in replacing the tax and spend crowd not only in New Jersey but DC as well.

    September 1, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. Lee, Ann Arbor, Michigan

    The headline will read in 2012, "Obama in Trouble" when the majority of American's will have had more than enough of the "Community Organizer" as President.

    He is taking our Country down the road of socialism and the American people are waking up from their bad dream imposed on them by the liberal press.

    September 1, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  23. hananiel

    There is not attempt to veil the partisanship of the author:
    Christie *STILL* on top??

    September 1, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. Follow the money

    We go with the crook using his own money,Corzine.

    September 1, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  25. Mango Cat 99

    NJ needs to consolidate school districts as a start to reduce property taxes, and reform it's income tax system. Neither party has a taste for this. NJ is the home of home rule, and the legislators have turned their backs on really working on these tough issues.

    To Corzine's credit, he is restoring the pension fund that Whitman raided for tax cuts.

    He lacks personality and good messaging, but he needs others in office to shape up and take responsibility.

    September 1, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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