While the story of the day is that Republican front runner Christopher Christie leads Democratic Governor Jon Corzine by nine percentage points, it ought not to go unnoticed that another Republican contender is in a statistic dead heat with the incumbent. In a new Fairleigh Dickinson University poll, Corzine leads former Bogota Mayor Steven Lonegan by just four points, 36%-32%. A January FDU poll had Corzine leading Christie by seven points, and Lonegan by eighteen points.
Corzine has a double-digit lead against two other Republicans, both virtually unknown to New Jersey voters. The governor beats six-term Assemblyman Rick Merkt (R-Mendham) 37%-28%, and Brian Levine, the two-term Mayor of Franklin Township, 28%-27%.