Polls are all over the map for the race between Republican Chris Christie and Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine for New Jersey governor. Yesterday, Main Justice reported on a poll by Neighborhood Research — run by conservative strategist Rick Shaften, who was a consultant to Christie’s GOP primary opponent — that showed Christie with a narrow 2 percent lead among likely voters. Previous polls had the former U.S. Attorney in New Jersey leading the governor by as much as 12 percent.
Here’s a round-up of today’s poll results:
- Rasumussen. Had Christie leading Corzine by 11 points, or 47 to 36 percent, PolitickerNJ reported. However, his lead drops to 8 points when “leaners” are factored in. A Rasmussen poll conducted three weeks ago had Christie ahead of Corzine by 13 points, or 50 to 37 percent.
- Democracy Corps. Had Christie only two points ahead of Corzine, 43 to 41 percent, when results for independent Chris Daggett were included. Read the poll results here. Daggett garnered 7 percent support. Another Democracy Corps poll two weeks ago had Christie up by 5 points, or 40 to 35 percent over Corzine, with Daggett getting 10 percent.
The bright spot for the Republican: On the issue of reducing government corruption, voters trust Christie over Corzine, 47 to 25 percent, accoording to the new Rasmussen poll. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percent.
The bad news for Christie: 51 percent viewed him unfavorably in today’s Rasumussen poll. Still, Corzine fared even worse, with a 61 percent unfavorable rating for the governor, who’s suffered from voter dissastisfaction over the economy. The poll of 500 likely voters was conducted Tuesday, after a week of bad news reports for Christie, including revelations that he’d discussed a run for governor with Bush White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove while he was still U.S. Attorney. It was also revealed that he’d made a $46,000 loan to a subordinate in the U.S. Attorney’s office that he didn’t report on his income tax or financial disclosure forms.