Holy moly, Batman

For all the people in New Jersey and across the country, possibly even including this website, that thought the campaign for Governor was close to being over: three new independent polls (and internal polls from both candidates) that show Democrat Jon Corzine and Republican Doug Forrester to be in an increasingly tight race. Quinnipiac University, now considered the state’s top indie poll, has the contest at four points (48%-44%), while Monmouth University/Gannett NJ has it at 46%-38% and Fairleigh Dickinson University has Corzine up 48%-38% when leaners are included. That’s a huge improvement for Forrester over the September 19th Rasmussen Reports poll, where Corzine had an 11-point lead, and the September 12th Star-Ledger/Rutgers-Eagleton poll, which had Corzine’s lead at an incredible 18 points. This new round of polls will help Forrester convince his Republican base that he can win — more than a dozen GOP County Chairmen and legislators have told PoliticsNJ.com that they thought the race was over. Corzine’s side says that polls have shown sudden surges by Republicans before — pointing to a 2004 Quinnipiac poll that had George W. Bush in striking distance of John Kerry in New Jersey.

Holy moly, Batman