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Corzine Catches Christie in New Jersey Race

October 6, 2009

Two races for governor dominate the political landscape this fall.  Both Virginia and New Jersey have looked awful for Democrats all year long.  But things in one of those contests may have started to turn the corner.  

Jon Corzine has inched closer to his opponent, Christopher Christie, in the New Jersey election, according to a poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind.

The survey of 667 likely voters shows Corzine leading Christie by 1 percentage point, 44 percent to 43 percent. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent, meaning the difference is not statistically significant. Residents were questioned from Sept. 28 to Oct. 5, coinciding with the candidates’ first televised debate, Oct. 1.

“We think we’ve begun to talk about the things that matter,” Corzine, 62, said today in an interview with MSNBC, when asked about the poll results.

Corzine, the former chairman of Goldman, Sachs & Co., trailed Christie, 47 percent to 42 percent, in a September PublicMind poll, and was behind by nine percentage points as recently as April.

Polls released last week by the Connecticut-based Quinnipiac University Polling Institute and New Jersey-based Monmouth Universityshowed Corzine gaining on Christie.

“With the start of an advertising blitz and the raw exposure of the debate, the race has tightened to a dead heat,” Peter Woolley, a political scientist and director of the poll, said in a statement accompanying the results.

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