According to the latest SurveyUSA and Rutgers Eagleton polls, independent gubernatorial candidate Chris Daggett has the support of 19% and 20% of the electorate, respectively, while both Corzine and Christie are polling around 40% each.
In short, Chris Daggett in striking distance of leapfrogging the two establishment candidates with his (flawed) plan to "take on the special interests in Trenton." Daggett's plan to reduce property taxes by 25% is music to the ears of voters who are tired of paying higher taxes every year.
Both the Corzine and Christie camps have been doing their best-unintentionally of course–to bring out the anti-Corzine and anti-Christie voters, because both campaigns have saturated the airwaves with negative ads.
Voters who are anti-Corzine have three options: voting for Christie, staying home or voting for Daggett. By the same token, the anti-Christie voters also have three options: voting for Corzine, staying home or voting for Daggett.
At this stage of the campaign, the anti-Corzine and anti-Christie voters are up for grabs. And with Daggett's poll numbers showing that he can win, a vote for Daggett is no longer considered a "wasted" vote.
Enough anti-establishment voters will come out on Election Day to register their disgust, frustration, and anger with the Democrats and Republicans who are responsible for the fiscal mess in Trenton, and Daggett will squeak out a victory that will send shock waves throughout the nation.
Chris Daggett will win the governorship on Election Day because the electorate is fed up with the fiscal irresponsibility of the political elites who have governed New Jersey to the brink of bankruptcy. For several decades the politics of redistributing income from the suburbs to the cities could be tolerated because the economy was in relatively good shape. No more. The Great Recession of this decade has taken its toll.
State and local government spending have to be reduced no matter who is elected governor, but voters have been realizing more and more that neither Corzine nor Christie will do what is necessary to put the state budget on a sound footing.
Lower income tax rates and regulatory reform also have to be a high priority as well for the next governor. New Jersey will not see private sector job growth-the engine of job creation and prosperity–if the current income tax system and overbearing regulatory structure remain in place.
So with just one week before the November 3rd election, Governor Corzine and Republican challenger Chris Christie have been unable to "close the deal," opening the door for Chris Daggett to become the next governor of New Jersey.
As the last week unfolds, Daggett will surge in the polls and will be elected the next governor of New Jersey next Tuesday.