Lonegan, still unknown, runs nearly even with Corzine and gains on Christie

Former Bogota Mayor Steven Lonegan has gained in his bid to win the Republican nomination for Governor. In a Quinnipiac University matchup of Republican primary contenders, former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie leads Lonegan by 21 points, 40%-19%. For Lonegan, those numbers are an improvement: Christie led 44%-17% in a February 4 Quinnipiac poll.

While Christie has a nine-point lead over the Democratic Governor, Jon Corzine, Lonegan’s numbers are not too shabby for a Republican in March with 29% statewide name ID. Lonegan trails Corzine by just four points, 41%-37%.

Brian D. Levine, the mayor of Franklin Township, is actually doing worse now than he was five weeks ago. He position in the Republican gubernatorial primary had dropped from 5% to 3%. Assemblyman Rick Merkt (R-Mendham) remains with a solid 1%.

Lonegan, still unknown, runs nearly even with Corzine and gains on Christie