The race for governor is a statistical dead heat, with Republican Christopher Christie leading Gov. Jon Corzine by one percentage point, 40%-39%, according to a new survey conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP), a North Carolina-based firm that works primarily for Democrats. Independent Christopher Daggett is running third with 13%.
A September PPP poll had Christie ahead by nine points.
“Pretty much every poll in the last two weeks has confirmed the new reality of the New Jersey Governor’s race: it’s a tossup,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “Democrats are getting on the same page with Jon Corzine and Chris Daggett’s giving people disgusted with both candidates a place to go. It’s going to go right down to the wire.”
Corzine’s favorables remain upside-down: 37%-55%. But Christie’s unfavorables are also higher than his favorables, 44%-42%. Daggett is at 30%-24%.
Among independents, Christie leads Corzine 42%-28%, with 19% for Daggett. Christie was at 48% among independents last month.
The polls shows Corzine increasing his share of Democrats, from 64% to 70%, and Christie losing some Republicans to Daggett. Christie has gone from 79% to 73% among Republicans, while Daggett has improved from 7% to 13%.
PPP surveyed 571 likely voters between October 9-12. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4.1%.