In a new Quinnipiac poll, Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine runs strongest in Essex and Hudson counties, where he has a 64%-23% lead over Republican Christopher Christie, with independent Christopher Daggett at 10%. Christie’s strongest region is Morris, Somerset, Hunterdon, Warren and Sussex counties, where he leads Corzine 59%-22%, with 17% for Daggett.
The race for governor is in a statistical dead heat in North Jersey (Bergen, Passaic, Union, Middlesex and Mercer counties), with Christie leading Corzine by just one percentage point, 41%-40%, with 10% for Daggett. The margin of error is +/- 2.8%.
Corzine has a 48%-35% lead in South Jersey (Camden, Burlington, Gloucester, Salem, Cape May, and Cumberland counties), with Daggett at 11%.
In the shore counties (Atlantic, Ocean and Monmouth), Christie leads Corzine 53%-25%, with 14% for Daggett.