Voters don’t care if Gov. Jon Corzine picks a woman or a minority for Lt. Governor if he runs again next year, according to a Zogby International poll of likely voters commissioned by Garden State Equality. Just 31% says a ticket balanced by gender or race is important, while 65% say it is unimportant.
Among women voters, 58% say they don’t care if Corzine picks a woman running mate, while 37% say they do.
Racial balance is more important to African American voters that Latinos: 66% of African Americans consider it important, while just 31% of Latino voters do.
The conventional wisdom is that Corzine – or any Democratic gubernatorial candidate –would seek to add gender or racial balance (or both) to their ticket. And Democratic insiders suggest that Corzine would not pick a white male running mate. Possible candidates include Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson Coleman, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, and U.S. Rep. Albio Sires.