Republican Christopher Christie leads Gov. Jon Corzine in South Jersey by eight points, 48%-40%, in a new Quinnipiac University poll. Quinnipiac defines South Jersey as Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem counties.
In the shore counties, defined as Atlantic, Ocean and Monmouth, Christie leads 59%-30%. Corzine leads in Essex and Hudson, 57%-38%, and Christie has a 59%-35% lead in Morris, Somerset, Hunterdon, Sussex and Warren.
In the region of the state that includes Bergen, Passaic, Union, Middlesex, and Mercer counties, Christie leads 45%-44% — a statistical dead heat.