October 6th, 2009
05:31 AM ET
13 years ago

Poll: New Jersey gubernatorial race a virtual tie

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/01/art.njrace.gi.jpg caption="Republican challenger Chris Christie, left, trails New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, right, by a single point in a new poll out Tuesday."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – A month before Election Day, New Jersey’s Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine is now in a virtual tie with his Republican challenger, according to a new poll out Tuesday.

Forty-four percent of likely New Jersey voters support Corzine while 43 percent support Republican Chris Christie. Four percent say they will vote for independent candidate Chris Daggett, and five percent are undecided.

“With the start of an advertising blitz and the raw exposure of the debate [last week], the race has tightened to a dead heat,” said Peter Woolley, director of the Fairleigh Dickinson University Public Mind poll released Tuesday.

In a Fairleigh Dickinson survey released a month ago, Christie held a 5 point lead over Corzine, 47 percent to 42 percent, in a two-person race, with 6 percent unsure. Christie was also ahead by 6 points in the Fairleigh Dickinson poll conducted in July.

Tuesday’s survey of 667 likely New Jersey voters statewide and was conducted by telephone from September 28 through October 5 and has a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.


Filed under: Chris Christie • Jon Corzine • New Jersey • Polls
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. sara

    New Jersey better not let Christie in.........you think Bush was bad for the country........he'll be devastating to that State.

    October 6, 2009 05:37 am at 5:37 am |
  2. Pragmatic

    Looks like one of the elections where every vote counts. Let's pray they are all counted and all counted correctly! Another sore-loser whining "let's count the votes until I win" as in Minnesota just makes our comments on any other country's elections sound silly.

    October 6, 2009 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  3. joe jersey in hoboken

    christie demonstrated in the debate that he is just another large bag of hot air. glad to see corzine make a come back in polls.

    October 6, 2009 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  4. Tom in Delaware

    If the nit-wits of New Jersey return Corzine to office than you deserve everything you're gonna get...sure hope you like more taxes to support the phalanx of useless State workers that take all day long to ignore your phone calls and shuffle your paperwork from one side of the desk to the other.

    New Jersey and You....Perfect Together.

    Change happens when the pain of holding on is greater than the pain of letting go.

    October 6, 2009 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  5. Willy Brown

    Corzine is a disaster for New Jersey. You re- elect him then you in Jersey best shut up and take it like a man and woman. Don’t fall for the bumper sticker slogans Corzine is putting out. He’s not change but more of the same.

    October 6, 2009 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  6. Rob Ottawa

    why would they vote Republican?

    October 6, 2009 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  7. david

    we need americans for office no liberal anti americans,,,,no more,,,,obama has killed this country,,,,

    October 6, 2009 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  8. Sniffit

    Acorn will see to it that it is not a tie.

    October 6, 2009 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  9. doc75

    Wow. Talk about zombie voters in New Jersey. "Must find the D candidate..." Your state will continue to see mismanagment, corruption and over-taxation unless you send the Democrats a message. Every time you return them to the statehouse, New Jersey continues its spiral decline.

    October 6, 2009 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  10. No More Incumbents

    I bet "none of the above" would win by a landslide. When are we going to be given some quality choices in state and federal government?

    October 6, 2009 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  11. Pee Wee

    They'll end up hosing themselves and picking the incumbent. That's the problem in this country and why Congress is so entrenched. Everyone else's guy is a loser, but MY Congressman is doing a great job. I'll keep him in. It's always somebody else's fault. I say vote ALL of the incumbent out and get a fresh start. It can't get any worse than it is now.

    October 6, 2009 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  12. Inga

    Cindy Sheehan, the wars that BUSH got us into more than seven years ago CANNOT be ended PEACEFULLY IN SEVEN MONTHS. Our military is for fighting wars and protecting our country. I am certain your adult son was aware of that fact before he enlisted and signed on the dotted line. No administration can guarantee the safe return of any soldier. GET OVER YOUR LOSS AND MOVE ON! An innocent teenager was murdered on the streets of Chicago last week. Lets us wage war on those dis-functional teenage ANIMALS who snuffed out his life. A PRESIDENT IS NOT GOD! ONLY ONE MAN WALKED ON WATER AND HIS NAME WAS NOT SPELT "OBAMA." I feel your loss but it is time to move on. I was an American soldier as well.

    October 6, 2009 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  13. B Evans

    How can anyone reationalize their support for the current administration with the current state of NJ...they guy is a crook and has put NJ in debt far beyond a quick repair. I would vote for my dog rather than reelect the current administration...4 more years of higher taxes, more government and less services sounds great, doesn't it??

    October 6, 2009 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  14. Nappy

    Fasten your seat belts! Oops, poor choice of words in NJ, but this one's going down to the wire.

    October 6, 2009 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  15. Dean O

    The fact that a Corrupt Corzine is even within 10 pts says a lot about NJ voters. In the good ole tradition of Florio and Toricelli – Corzine continues the trend. Higher Taxes – less services, and welfare for all illegals-. NJ is fast becoming a 3rd world country. Newyorkers need to stay away from this cesspool

    October 6, 2009 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  16. T'SAH from Virginia

    The state of NEW JERSEY will remain BLUE!!! So put your red crayon away and don't even attempt to color the state RED!!!

    October 6, 2009 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Thank you CNN for the morning chuckle! One of the most corrupt states in the Union: New Jersey. It'd be different if either candidate was not supected of having their hand in someone else's cookie jar. Much ado about nothings.

    October 6, 2009 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  18. Richard

    Go Corzine! The less Republican governors the beter. I can only wish that we could get rid of both Rick Perry and Kay Bailey Hutchenson here in Texas. Contrary to what Rush and the rest of the idiots tell thier idiots, the country is not a conservitive country and they are really the minority who don't know any better.

    October 6, 2009 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  19. Reggie

    I'd be shocked if the folks of NJ reelect Corzine. He's been one of the worst governors in state history. The democrats in NJ must be blind and dumb. If they vote for him again, they deserve everything they get.

    October 6, 2009 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  20. J.Crobuzon

    Neither of these guys seem capable of leading a Cub Scout troop, much less a state, but that's just New Jersey politics.

    October 6, 2009 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  21. Liberal4Obama

    Why won't Chris Christie appear on TV, I heard he wouldn't even do any of the cable morning shows, what is he hiding?

    If Chris Christie can't handle a live cable interview he cant handle being Governor of NJ... period

    October 6, 2009 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  22. JOBLESS IN IOWA

    more BULL and LIES from the democrates

    October 6, 2009 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  23. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Corzine is going to win. Who will actually vote for the Tony Soprano imposter Christie?

    October 6, 2009 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  24. T22

    I find it funny that Dems cry and complain about bankers but then want to re-elect the former head of Goldman-Sachs as governor. This guy is an arrogant, above the law, I deserve to be rich to lord over you type – just the kind of guy Dems love to loathe. What hypocrites!

    October 6, 2009 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  25. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Given Christie's lack of plan and poor perfomance in the first debate, it is no wonder why he is losing ground. Daggett did very well during the debate. Christie can seem to figure out what needs to be done to stop the projected deficit next year. Corzine and Daggett seem to have ideas that may or may not work, but at least they are trying.

    October 6, 2009 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
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