The story of the day on Tuesday was not as much a new Quinnipiac University poll showing Christopher Christie with a nine-point lead over Jon Corzine in the race for governor, but rather the House Judiciary Committee’s release of Karl Rove’s testimony. While Rove says that Christie never discussed his duties as U.S. Attorney, the two did chat about the 2009 campaign for governor. The Corzine campaign is almost sure to turn Rove’s interest in New Jersey politics into a TV ad that continues to tie Christie to George W. Bush, as they have with a mega million dollar federal monitor contract Christie gave to former Attorney General John Ashcroft. And Rove’s testimony is likely to fuel allegations by Democrats that he launched his statewide campaign from the Department of Justice. Watch Democrats to renew their interest in statements made by Assemblyman Rick Merkt (R-Mendham) over an incident last summer, when other Republicans tried to push him out of the gubernatorial race.