Ex-US Attorney Christie’s Crime-Fighting Bio Little Help in New Jersey Race
By Mary Jacoby | April 28, 2009 4:11 pm

Ex-U.S. Attorney Chris Christie isn’t getting much traction with likely voters in New Jersey’s upcoming Republican gubernatorial primary by touting his crime-fighting biography, a new poll finds. According to CQ Politics, a poll by  Quinnipiac University Polling Institute last week contained some worrisome information for the Republican establishment candidate, who’s running against anti-tax conservative  Steve Lonegan.

To wit:

  • Fewer than half of likely voters surveyed knew that Christie put more than 100 corrupt New Jersey politicians in jail or out of office as U.S. Attorney.
  • The 44 percent who were aware is the same percentage who knew Christie’s bio six weeks ago — meaning the campaign hasn’t been able to communicate his record effectively.
  • Only 46 percent of likely voters said a background as a federal prosecutor gives Christie the right experience to be governor.

Christie also came under attack by the American Civil Liberties Union recently; the ACLU claims he tracked suspects’ cell phones without obtaining proper warrants. Christie denied that he’d bended any laws.

New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, a Democrat, is considered vulnerable because of the economy and his now slightly disreputable resume as a former head of Goldman Sachs.

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