If Barack Obama wins the presidency and offers Gov. Jon Corzine a post in his new administration, New Jerseyans want Corzine to take the job, according to a Zogby International poll released earlier today.
Among likely voters, 46% want Corzine to resign as Governor and join an Obama administration, while 33% say he should decline and stay on as Governor. Among Democrats, 45% say he should leave, and 36% want him to stay.
There has been considerable speculation in recent months that Corzine might be interested in a federal post, especially as he struggles to win the approval of New Jersey voters. Recent polls suggest Corzine could face a tough re-election challenge from Republican Christopher Christie, the United States Attorney. But Corzine has said he is not interested in returning to Washington, where he served in the U.S. Senate from 2001 to 2006.
If Corzine did resign, Senate President Richard Codey would become Governor. Codey served fourteen months as Governor after James E. McGreevey resigned in 2004.
After the 2000 election, Christine Todd Whitman resigned as Governor to join George W. Bush's cabinet. A December 2000 Quinnipiac University poll showed that 60% of New Jerseyans thought she would be a good choice, while 30% did not. Whitman was completing her seventh year as Governor.
The Zogby poll was conducted for Garden State Equality.