The Lonegan campaign today struggled to find the upside of the latest Quinnipiac University poll, which shows their candidate trailing former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie by23 points.
“The poll shows Steve Lonegan beating Jon Corzine,” said Lonegan campaign strategist Rick Shaftan, referring to the former Bogota mayor’s 42-40% edge over the sitting governor, a statistical dead heat, according to Quinnipiac.
“Look, these primary polls are going to bounce all over the place,” Shaftan added. “What the results show is that you have to be a pro-life candidate if you’re a Republican. Christie’s changed his position several times, but he’s pro-life now, for the purposes of this race, and he threw some money around over the last three weeks to get that message out there and it’s essentially reconfirming our pro-life message.”
Shaftan’s other phone rang.
“Hold on a sec,” he said, took the call, and then returned. “That was Steve. He told me to stop spinning and help him work.”