The competitive 2nd Legislative District State Senate contest is too close to call right now, according to a poll issued today by the Richard Stockton College/Zogby Poll commissioned by the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy.
State Sen. Jim Whelan (D-2) and challenger Assemblyman Vince Polistina (R-2) are in a “virtual tie” with likely voters by posting a 40.0% preference for Whelan over Polistina (40.6%).
The difference is within the margin of error of +/- 4.1 %.
“The 2nd Legislative District race was touted as the most competitive race in New Jersey. It can’t get any closer than this,” said Daniel J. Douglas, director of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy.
“With 17.8% not sure who they would vote for, both candidates are left with over a month to persuade voters,” added the pollster.
In a three-way contest among Whelan, Polistina and Mayor Lorenzo Langford (who threatened to challenge Whelan but backed down last week), Whelan had 37.0%, Polistina 39.0% and Langford 7.6%, with 15.0% still unsure. The difference between Whelan and Polistina slightly favored Polistina, but remained within the margin of error of +/- 4.1 %.
In the Assembly contest, Assemblyman John Amodeo (R-2) and his new running mate, Chris Brown, lead the Democratic Assembly candidates, Freeholder Alisa Cooper and running mate Damon Tyner.
Amodeo led all the candidates with 48.1%, followed by Brown with 46.7%, Cooper with 29.1% and Tyner with 25.6%.
In the same poll, voters viewed Gov. Chris Christie favorably by 65.8%, while 31.6% viewed him unfavorably. Voters identified K-12 education, healthcare, senior citizen programs and economic development as the top four New Jersey state budget areas that should receive priority funding.
Stockton-Zogby conducted the poll of 600 likely voters in the new 2nd Legislative District from Sept. 20 – 27. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4.1 %