If Democrats dropped Jon Corzine and ran Cory Booker or Frank Pallone, Republican Christopher Christie would still be ahead, according to a poll released today by Public Policy Polling (PPP), a North Carolina-based firm that polls for Democrats.
Christie leads Booker, the Mayor of Newark, by a 41%-33% margin, and has a 20-point lead over Pallone, a twelve-term Congressman, 43%-23%. A PPP poll released on Tuesday has Christie leading Corzine 44%-35%, with 13% for Independent Christopher Daggett.
"In 2002 when New Jersey Democrats changed their Senate nominee it went from a likely loss to a relatively easy win almost instantly," said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. "But if they tried that this year it looks like they'd continue polling just as poorly as they already are."
Booker has a 41%-20% favorable rating statewide, while Pallone is upside-down at 14%-25%.
PPP surveyed 500 likely New Jersey voters from September 11-14 and has a margin of error of +/- 4.5%.