Democratic New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine has slightly risen in the polls but continues to trail former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie (R) 51 percent-42 percent in the New Jersey governor’s race, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. A July 14 poll had Corzine behind Christie 53 percent-41 percent.
The poll also found that 93 percent of New Jersey voters believe government corruption is a “somewhat serious” or “very serious” problem, which could help Christie, as 55 percent of voters believe that his experience as a prosecutor gives him enough experience to be governor. Thirty-five percent of voters disagree. In addition, 50 percent of voters said they associate corruption with the Democratic Party more so than the Republican Party.
Corzine’s job rating rose slightly from 33 percent in last month’s poll to 36 percent in the latest poll. His disapproval rating dropped from 60 percent to 58 percent. However, the governor boasts an unfavorable opinion of 54 percent-37 percent, compared with 42 percent of New Jersey voters that have a favorable opinion of Christine and 26 percent that have an unfavorable opinion. Corzine has felt some backlash following last month’s corruption probe into New Jersey officials, despite the fact that he was not implecated in the case.