A poll released today by the Bergen Record shows incumbent Sen. Fran Lautenberg with an eight point lead over his challenger, former Rep. Dick Zimmer, while a hypothetical head-to-head 2009 gubernatorial match-up between Gov. Jon Corzine and U.S. Attorney Chris Christie is in a statistical dead heat.
Lautenberg is still one point short of that important 50% support mark, leading Zimmer 49% to 41%, although 51% of respondents felt that the 84-year-old Lautenberg was too old to serve another term. Lautenberg and Zimmer are nearly tied among men, though Lautenberg holds a 15% advantage with women.
Meanwhile, Gov. Corzine holds a two point lead against Christie – 43% to 41%. That’s well within the poll’s plus or minus 4% margin of error. When put up against Princeton biotech executive John Crowley, who’s said to be mulling a gubernatorial run, Corzine gets 48% to Crowley’s 24%, which according to columnist Herb Jackson is” a possible sign that Christie’s support is based on more than just anti-Corzine sentiment.”
Corzine’s approval ratings have improved since a previous Record poll, however. 50 percent of voters rated Corzine’s job performance as either “fair” or “poor,” versus 58% in April. The Governor’s “good” or “excellent” ratings have improved since then from 38% to 46%.