$400 million bond issue ahead by 23 points in poll

A referendum for approval of $400 million bond issue to fund open space preservation water supply and flood plain protection, and farmland and historic preservation projects, leads 55%-32%, according to a Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll. Former Bogota Mayor Steven Lonegan announced last week that he would lead a campaign to defeat the proposal.

The initiative leads 68%-19% among Democrats and 50%-37% among Independents; it trails 40%-46% among Republicans. Voters who say they will support Gov. Jon Corzine favor the bond issue 70%-18%, while voters backing Republican Christopher Christie oppose the public question by a wide 34%-51% margin. Daggett supporters also support the referendum, 63%-26%.

Among likely voters who are undecided in the race for Governor, 61% say they support the bond issue and 22% oppose it.

Former U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli endorsed the ballot initiative yesterday.

$400 million bond issue ahead by 23 points in poll