The Battle for New Jersey ’05

Independent polls and internal tracking polls from both campaigns continue to show Democrat Jon Corzine with a semi-comfortable lead over Republican Doug Forrester; accordingly, PoliticsNJ.com has moved the race for Governor of New Jersey back to Leans Democratic. In the race for State Assembly in the 12th district, PoliticsNJ.com has moved freshman Democrat Robert Morgan to the Toss-Up column. Allegations of conflict over Morgan’s part-time positions at the state Department of Health and UMDNJ makes him the weaker of the two incumbents. Red Bank Councilwoman Jennifer Beck appears to be the strongest of the two Republican challengers. If any newspaper endorsment matters in a legislative race, it is the Asbury Park Press, which is backing Beck and Little Silver Councilman Declan O’Scanlon over Morgan and incumbent Michael Panter. A movement arrow towards toss-up has been added in the race for Essex County Freeholder in the fourth district, where GOP incumbent Muriel Shore faces Democrat Linda Lordi Cavanaugh, a former Freeholder. A movement arrow towards toss-up has also been added for the two Republican seats on the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders.

The Battle for New Jersey ’05