September 30th, 2009
09:16 AM ET
13 years ago

Poll: New Jersey governors race tightening up

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="With less than five weeks before Election Day, a new poll suggests that New Jersey's gubernatorial race is tightening up."](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.

The survey indicates that Corzine leads overwhelmingly among Democrats and Christie overwhelmingly among Republicans, with Independent voters breaking 46 percent for Christie, 30 percent for Corzine and 16 percent for Daggett.

The poll suggests that Corzine's approval rating remains low, with 36 percent of people questioned approving of the job he's doing as governor.

"Christopher Christie is still ahead in the Garden State, but when he looks in the rear-view mirror, he sees the bearded visage of Gov. Jon Corzine getting closer," says Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"This race looks as if it will go down to the wire. Does Christopher Daggett's impressive climb measure a swing to him or simply a distaste for the two guys hollering at each other? Will Daggett fade on Election Day? At this stage, his numbers matter," adds Carroll.

Christie is trying to become the first Republican to win a statewide contest since Governor Christine Todd Whitman won re-election in 1997.

New Jersey and Virginia are the only two states holding gubernatorial contests this year, and the Democrats are defending both seats. While both contests focus on state issues and the candidates themselves, both contests are also seen as an early referendum on President Barack Obama and the Democrats who control Congress.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted September 23-28, with 1,188 New Jersey likely voters questioned by phone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

Filed under: Chris Christie • Jon Corzine
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Jersey_Blues

    Corzine is going to get back in. We in NJ are left decideing do we want a tax Gov. or a Gov who used his power to get him out of incidents with the law, while fighting the law.

    September 30, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. Nik Kripalani

    I support Jon Corzine,

    I give him 6 votes from my house in California. He told us that wearing a seat belt saves lives. He was right. I was hit from the side by a Jeep from South Dakota. I think the seat belt law should be re-enforced again, again and show videos of what happens to people who don't wear them.

    I give the current Governor 60 votes for a second term.

    September 30, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. deborah/kansas city

    That is the pot calling the kettle black. Is he so blind that he does not that see the hate and threat of violent actions are escalating at the town halls and tea parties? Is he so deaf that he can not hear Republican politicians encouraging this view and encouraging these violent paranoid delusions, saying they are considering succession from the nation, that people should hold on tight to their guns and be prepared to defend themselves from the government? No Republican has been willing to denounce violence. The last time we went through this people died in Oklahoma City and others were murdered for their life styles in California, Texas, Ruby Ridge. I hope no Republicans get elected to anything in the coming elections; they are the most divisive destructive force in the nation right now. They only care about their own partisan power, not about America, or Americans..

    September 30, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. Kevin

    The tide's definintely turning. This race is a toss-up.

    September 30, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. Angie in PA

    NJ Is not putting a Republican in especially with ties to Rove and Bush aint happening.

    September 30, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. Death Assurance Companies

    Its a shame, New Jersey has a bad case of stolen Identity.Just divide the state in two,the top half going to New York and its crime bosses and the southern half going to Philly and its casino crime bosses.It used to be the Garden State,but those days are long over.The whole country is now run by the Corporate Mafia.

    September 30, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. Martin Sonopel

    I want to pay higher taxes; that's why I support Corzine.

    September 30, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. phoenix86

    Corzine must be tapping into his Goldman payout to bring in ACORN.

    September 30, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. Jayden, FL

    I believe Governor Corzine will be re-elected.

    September 30, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. Doug, New Jersey

    My rolling data shows that New Jersey is too lib to ever vote against the Democrat. Conduct your own rolling data. Get in a car and drive amongst the leftists in Northern New Jersey. These people display a reckless, elitist, selfish mentality with a total disregard for human life. You wonder how Democrats can support a rapist like Polanski, once you see how they treat human life in the bluest areas of America, you see that supporting thier ideology of hate, selfishness, dishonesty, and double standards will always come ahead of respect for human life, doing the right thing, being fair, and being truly tolerant.

    Libs will dismiss this, everyone of them is part of the problem either by their own lib actions or support for the lib actions of others. However, just take their total disregard for human life which has its biggest effect on our roads. It is the reason why as an area has the highest lib per person population (the bluest areas), the higher the car insurance rates.

    September 30, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  11. rr

    just goes to show that despite what people say, negative advertising works.

    Corzine has gone almost 100% negative, as his own record is abysmal, and it's working for him.

    September 30, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. Amunaka

    Steele even you know who the real nut jobs are ...just watch fox news

    September 30, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. LacrosseMom

    The only poll that matters is the one on election day. Why would New Jersey, a Blue state vote for a GOPer after eight years of Bush?

    September 30, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. Pam in Florida

    Duh! What do you think all this hate monging and fear monging by Republicans is going to lead to?

    They incite violence... just like McCain/Palin rallies in 2008. Remember?

    Republicans attract the nut jobs.

    September 30, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. Wake Up

    NJ deserves more Corzine. Enjoy corruption and record taxes!!

    September 30, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. Eric in Denver

    Are people in New Jersey crazy. This guy has taxed you to death and left your state in complete shambles. Will somebody on this blog please let me knnow what positive things this slimeball has done to deserve a single vote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 30, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. Mike

    If New Jersey re-elects corzine then they deserve what they get. They will become another california and new york which they are well on their way anyway.

    September 30, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. Jimmy

    No matter how hard CNN tries, Christie is still going to win this one.

    September 30, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  19. Scott

    Chris Christie a criminal, fat pig.

    September 30, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. Jay T.

    They are both crooks. But, looking at those jaws, I'd be willing to bet Christie could eat more chicken wings and BBQ ribs. But, if I lived in NJ, my vote would go to Kevin Smith.

    September 30, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  21. Sniffit

    Setting aside party-line distinctions: this is a battle of who is the lesser evil. Corzine has been a disaster and Christie is a scumbag. Go NJ!

    September 30, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  22. Keith in Austin

    Corzine will be the poster boy for the pitiful Democrat leadership plaguing the Nation. His certain loss will be a litmus test for what is to come for those preaching a left-wing progressive liberal ideology. It can't happen soon enough!

    September 30, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  23. Dave

    How is it possible that Corzine could possibly win re-election? Wake Up America – if we keep voting in these fools then we are to blame for the extermely poor performance of our elected officals. Vote out ALL Incumbents !!!!!

    September 30, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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