The three top candidates for Lt. Governor are of no consequence in the 2009 gubernatorial election, according to a Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll released today.
Democrat Loretta Weinberg, a State Senator from Bergen County and a seventeen-year veteran of the Legislature, is unknown to 80% of likely voters and has statewide favorables of 11%-9%. She is as unknown to Democrats as she is to Independents and Republicans.
Republican Kim Guadagno, the Monmouth County Sheriff, has statewide favorables of 9%-4%, but 87% of likely voters don't know who she is. 94% of undecided voters don't recognize her name.
Independent Frank Esposito, a retired Kean University professor, is unrecognized by 90% of likely voters. He has favorables of 6%-4%. Nearly 90% of those voting for his running mate don't know him.
An August 25, 2005 Quinnipiac University poll showed that Senate President Richard Codey, who was about to become Governor, was unknown to 79% of state voters.