Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine has a narrow six point lead over Republican Christopher Christie in the 2009 race for Governor of New Jersey, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released early this morning. Corzine leads Christie, who will leave his post as U.S. Attorney on December 1, 42%-36%.
“The long coattails of Barack Obama have reached down into New Jersey and helped Gov. Jon Corzine’s re-election prospects, at least for now,” said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
If Christie runs and Corzine does not seek reelection, 31 percent say they would vote for the Republican, while 34 percent would vote for an unnamed Democratic candidate, with 34 percent undecided.
“If Corzine does not run, voters are split three ways among Christie, a generic Democratic candidate and ‘don’t know.’ One problem is that Christie, while having established a seven-year reputation for putting more than 100 corrupt New Jersey politicians out of work and behind bars, is still not well enough known for 70 percent of voters to have an opinion about him,” Richards said.
In a September 17 Quinnipiac survey, Corzine led Christie 42%-40%, a statistical dead heat.