Republican Chris Christie was up 50-40 in last month’s Quinnipiac poll, and has now moved out to a 53-41 lead over Governor Jon Corzine.
Corzine’s job approval rating continues to plummet, as just 33% approve of the job he’s doing as governor. 60% disapprove.
Let’s look at some more specifics from the poll:
From July 8 – 12, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,514 New Jersey likely voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points.
- Republican challenger Christopher Christie is pulling away from Democratic incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine and now holds a 53 – 41 percent lead among likely voters in the New Jersey Governor’s race, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
- In a three-way matchup among likely voters, Christie leads Gov. Corzine 47 – 38 percent, with 8 percent for independent candidate Christopher Daggett.
- New Jersey registered voters disapprove 60 – 33 percent of the job Corzine is doing, his lowest rating ever and down from a 56 – 36 percent disapproval June 10. Independent voters disapprove 69 – 24 percent. Likely voters also disapprove 60 – 33 percent.
- Likely voters say 50 – 36 percent that Christie would do a better job handling the state budget and 54 – 30 percent that the Republican would do a better job cleaning up corruption
The one positive thing Corzine has going for him, according to Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, is that Obama’s going to be coming to New Jersey to campaign for the governor. I’m not really buying that as too much of a positive, however. I understand that New Jerseyans have a favorable opinion of Obama, but at the end of the day, they’re still going to lament the fact that they’re stuck with a lousy governor. Obama’s trip may give Corzine a small boost, but it won’t last.