While Jon Corzine continues to struggle to win the approval of New Jersey voters, a new Quinnipiac University poll gives some indications that the incumbent won’t have trouble winning a Democratic gubernatorial primary. Corzine has a 55%-29% favorable rating among registered Democrats, with a 60%-30% approval rating. Democrats, by a 47%-41% margin, approve of his handling of the state budget, and nearly six out of ten (58%) say he should get a second term.
Some insiders speculate that Corzine’s upside-down approval ratings among state voters, and a new poll showing him in a statistical dead heat with Republican U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie, could cause some Democrats to hope the Governor won’t seek re-election. Democrats list Senate President Richard Codey and U.S. Reps. Rob Andrews, Frank Pallone and Steve Rothman as the most likely replacements if Corzine doesn’t run again.