The number of likely voters who think Republican Christopher Christie would do a better job handling the state budget than the Democratic incumbent, Jon Corzine, has changed considerably from July to August. Christie leads Corzine on this question 47%-41%, a drop from the 50%-36% that picked Christie over Corzine on the state budget issue in a Quinnipiac poll released less than a month ago.
Corzine’ greatest strength during his 2000 and 2005 statewide campaigns – his background as a Wall Street investment banker – seems to have little effect on his bid for re-election. Less than one-quarter of voters (24%) say his career in finance – he was Co-Chairman of Goldman Sachs – has made him a better governor; 19% say it has made Corzine a worse governor; and 53% say it makes no difference.
Voters continue to view Christie as the candidate most likely to clean up corruption (54%-31%), but political corruption is only the top issue for 6% of the electorate. More than half the voters (55%) say that Christie’s seven years as U.S. Attorney gives him enough experience to be governor. 35% say it has not.