In a release issued to this site and others, 6th District Republican challenger Anna Little’s camp claimed that Patrick Murray of Monmouth University had backed off poll numbers that showed Democratic incumbent Frank Pallone up by 12 points.
But in a statement issued last night, Murray denied that the poll had been corrected, saying the Little camp was off base.
“It has come to our attention that the campaign of Anna Little, Republican candidate for Congress in New Jersey’s 6th District, issued a press release claiming that the Monmouth University Poll revised its official poll results for the election in that race,” Murray said in a statement. “This is patently untrue. The poll report we issued on October 6 (http://www.monmouth.edu/polling/admin/polls/MUP37_NJ06.pdf) is the only official number we produced.”
The controversy apparently stems from a conversation Murray had with a Monmouth County blogger over the polling numbers released last week. During the conversation, Murray re-ran his numbers using the blogger’s tunrout assumptions and said using those assumptions, which the blogger admitted were not scientific, the lead shrinks to 9 points. But according to Murray, he never revised his own poll.