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. Nick

    It's because people like Christie, and Corzine screwed up. People still talk about how they're disgusted that Corzine tried to throw himself into the whole Imus debacle. That, and his own aftermath (being above the law and not wearing a seatbelt), the public didn't find favorable.

    September 1, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. Kevin in Ohio

    Don't panic liberals. If you want to reverse this trend, it is simple..... LISTEN to the voices of the TRUE American people....not just the far-left fringe. Stop your subscriptions to the Huffington Post.

    September 1, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. Brian

    if he can't drive his car, how can he drive the state?

    September 1, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. Butch/Good Newz, VA

    NJ is a sad but important case study of what happens when liberalism runs amok. MI is another. MD is well on its way.

    September 1, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Jeff in Virginia

    Christie is just another 2-bit political hack who doesn't understand the division between the office of a US Attorney and partisan politics.

    Corzine may not be the best that the Dems have to offer, but he's a far sight better than a self-titled corruption fighter- who just happens to be corrupt to the core. Christie is more of the same.

    September 1, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. Government is your DADDY

    Down with the liberials.

    I small change thanks to Obama.

    America is waking up, no to more government nanny state welfare.

    September 1, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. phoenix86

    What, can't the fringe left find something to blame Bush for that can save Corzine? That arguement is still working for Obama....kind of....hope so....

    September 1, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  8. Rush Goebbels

    Dont believe a word the paid shills on this site try and scare you with,we need the Public Option and we will get it.51 votes and its in the bag baby.hahaha

    September 1, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. Reel American

    no more health care for people who cant afford it, as a Republican I AM TIRED OF PAYING FOR POOR PEOPLE. PEOPLE REFUSE TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN LIVES. Just listen to Rush the only place were you hear the truth

    September 1, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. rob

    and down South is what happen's when the GOP prey's on the uneducated

    September 1, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. Chris from NY

    Today Christie is leading by 10 points the next day he's down by ten points. Which is it? Or is possible someone is trying to frighten New Jersesy voters so they can vote for someone the media like best? Let the people of New Jersey make their pick. I bet the media is selling this to get to Obama. They want to so bad for this two Gubernitorial election to be a referendum on Obama for their self fulfilled prophecy.

    September 1, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. LacrossedadsniffedPA

    Go christie go. Enough of the vile liberal fools who have no common sense.

    September 1, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. Spacedog2k5

    To everyone who's got an axe to grind about Socialism, take a look at all the good that Democracy and Republicanism has done for this country and then get back to me. Wake up, people! This country is loooooong overdue for change!

    September 1, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. Melissa

    No more Republican fear mongering. No more Republican hatred. No more Republicans. Get them out.

    September 1, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. bozo the obama

    money won't work this time ...hasta la-bye-bye

    September 1, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. Ticker Shock

    NJ is doomed by whomever wins this race. NJ is full of crooks of every ethnic variety. I'm glad I left before I went broke. It's a shame. I live further south now and the NJites continue to pour in to the county where I live. I grew up in NJ and learned what a 'crooked politician' was at a very young age. I don't regret growing up there though and I keep on reading "Weird NJ" magazine but paying 2k in taxes is better than paying 10k.

    September 1, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. Rudolph

    In a recent newspaper article, the Corzine administartion stated that discontinuing the state property tax deduction would SAVE the state X billion dollars.
    This says it all. Corzine believes that every dollar the state does not take from it's taxpayers is an EXPENSE!!

    September 1, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - I can't find any place to bet on dog fights anymore!

    Come on NJ...get rid of that liberal!

    September 1, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. AntiRush

    Wow. What a choice. Incompetance vs. corruption

    September 1, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. BrandonR

    I'm really amazed by how much hate is coming from liberals and Democrats in these comments. Why do I say this? Well I'm a Republican who voted for Obama in November. I like to look at who I think will be best for the country based on the track records of the two candidates. It'd be nice if you guys did the same. In New Jersey, John Corzine has failed on his promises, and simply made this state worse. You don't vote to re-elect a horrible governor because you have a blind hatred of Republicans. John Corzine's failed four years should not be rewarded with another four.

    September 1, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  21. JSR-NJ

    I moved to Fort Lee, NJ from NY in 2004. It's been my family's pain to watch a diverse corruptions of moral, financial and taxes in NJ by openly by or gay Gov. Jim McGreevey(D-NJ Gov.married man have affair w/gay), Cohen (D-NJ Rep.-Porn w/child at office), a mayor of New Arck with taxes problems, largely law makers in NJ have corrupted financially in recent. Corzine has raised taxes and toll fee etc then, he cut the public budgets. CORZINE GOTTA GO AWAY !!!!

    September 1, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. makesUwonder

    Just like all the other Democrats starting with Obama on down....."slip sliding away"

    September 1, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem is that Christie believes (or at least wants us to believe) that he can correct problems that have been created over the course of several administrations from both Republicans and Democrats. I would bet people that if there was no down turn in the economy that Christie would still be a US Attorney and Corzine would have an easier time and would win.

    September 1, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  24. lou

    I left NJ 35 years ago and never looked back. I've never regretted it. Perhaps after a third of century of corruption, greed, and disgustingly high taxes and waste, they can get someone in there who can do the right thing. I'll never go back, but NJ needs some help bad.

    September 1, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  25. Rick

    I'm a NJ resident my whole life. And a Dem who stills supports Pres Obama. However, I despise Corzine. I think he's doing a bad job for everybody, and represents Democrats poorly. Generally, I have no problem voting for a Republican. Unfortunately, I think Christie is a ghastly alternative. Why can't there be a decent moderate in the Republicans' offering?

    September 1, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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