Quinnipiac: Corzine and Christie in ’09 dead heat

A new Quinnipiac University poll released early this morning shows Gov. Jon Corzine and U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie are in a statistical dead heat in the 2009 race for Governor. Christie leads Corzine 41%-40%.

Less than four out of ten New Jersey voters (37%) say Corzine deserves to be re-elected to a second term. Half the voters (50%) say he does not.

"Gov. Jon Corzine is in trouble. Since most New Jersey voters say they don't know a lot about Christopher Christie, Gov. Corzine's record and inability to unscramble the state's budget mess is pulling him down," said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Richards says that voters view Corzine's plan to raise tolls on the New Jersey Turnpike as a way of reorganizing state finances as "blue smoke and mirrors."

"As more voters learn Christie is the man who has been putting corrupt New Jersey politicians in jail for years, things could get worse for the Governor," Richards said. "But Corzine has 16 months and millions and millions of ways to keep himself in office."

Quinnipiac: Corzine and Christie in ’09 dead heat