ASBURY PARK – Sen. Barbara Buono said she wasn’t too surprised to hear news that a new poll of the race for governor found she’s made some progress in closing the gap.
Buono was asked about the latest Monmouth University poll Wednesday that found that while Gov. Chris Christie still enjoys a healthy lead over his opponent, Buono gained some ground among Democrats. The poll shows Christie holding a 20-point lead over Buono, which is off some 10 points from the 30-point spread the incumbent has enjoyed throughout the election season.
“Well, I told ya,” she said to reporters with a smile when asked to comment on the poll.
“The original polls were just a reflection of my name ID,” she said, adding she expects the race to tighten in the coming weeks.
According to the poll, voters favor the Republican incumbent 56 percent to 36 percent over Buono, down from the 61 percent to 31 percent margin Christie enjoyed in June.
The slight drop in polls comes largely from Democrats as support for the governor among the opposing party peaked in June at 36 percent but has dropped to 21 percent. His support among Republicans remains solid at 90 percent.