Republican Chris Christie’s lead over incumbent New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D) has slipped to two percent in a recent poll, PolitickerNJ.com reported Monday. Previous polls had the former U.S. Attorney in New Jersey leading Corzine by as much as 12 percent. However, recent controversies involving Christie might be hurting his polling numbers, RealClearPolitics reported.
In the past few weeks, Christie has come under fire for omitting a $46,000 loan to his former subordinate Michele Brown on his tax and disclosure forms. Brown resigned as the acting First Assistant U.S. Attorney for New Jersey on Tuesday.
The poll by Neighborhood Research — run by conservative strategist Rick Shaften, who was a consultant to Christie’s GOP primary opponent — found that Christie leads among likely voters, 37 to 35 percent. The poll of 319 New Jersey residents was conducted August 12-21. The party breakdown of the respondents was 43 percent Democrat, 34 percent Republican and 23 percent unaffiliated. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 5.49 percent.