Greenwald says he’s not worried about the polls

HOLMDEL — Another day, another poll showing Gov. Corzine trailing Chris Christie – this time by eight points among likely voters in a Monmouth University/Gannett survey.

Assemblyman Lou Greenwald (D-Voorhees), who’s served in the legislature since 1996, says he’s seen it before.

“I think it’s tracking many elections as it has in the past that have resulted in successful elections for Sen. Menendez and many others,” said Greenwald as he was about to enter the pre-rally fundraiser headlined by President Obama.

Although Menendez was trailing in several polls for much of the race, he was not down by this much and this consistently – in every independent poll taken since the election began.

“He’s never run against a candidate with name ID like Chris has had, and I think that balances off. But at the end, I think what Chris should be nervous about are the Democrats who are not in his column right now but will come home and decide this election in November,” he said.

Greenwald, for his part, has faced heavy criticism from Republicans this week over comments he made on 101.5fm, where he said that “if (the economy) is solved too quickly people believe the pain was not real and I think will be very easy for elected officials to fall into old habits.” Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce (R-Parsippany-Troy Hills) even called for him to resign his Budget Committee chairmanship.

“I don’t understand what’s so controversial about it,” Greenwald said today, arguing that in a quick turnaround the state could see consumers falling back into the type of borrowing habits that helped cause the crisis.

“It was a comment about the turn around of the economy, and that a slow, steady economy will benefit the public as a whole.”

Greenwald says he’s not worried about the polls