For eighteen New Jersey voters, the race for Governor has ended. U.S. District Court Judge Stanley Chesler has told the twelve jurors and six alternates in the federal corruption trial of former Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero to “avoid coverage of the gubernatorial race that might touch on political corruption,” according to The Record.
Now that Chesler has essentially disenfranchise these voters, statistically the race now stands at Republican Christopher Christie with a one vote lead over Democrat Jon Corzine, 8-7, with 2 votes for Independent Christopher Daggett, based on the most recent Quinnipiac University poll. The jury has one undecided voter.
The three gubernatorial campaigns might hypothetically disagree on how the eighteen Ferriero jurors might actually vote in November, after sitting through the entire trial. Democrats might say that this voter group will believe allegations that Christie’s prosecution of Ferriero was politically motivated. Republicans could suggest that the jurors would be more likely to vote for Christie after the U.S. Attorney’s office rests their case. And Daggett could use the trial as evidence of the need for change. Either way, it might be fun to poll the jury after the verdict is in.