Sign of Things to Come … New Jersey Democratic Gov Corzine Trails Republican Christopher J. Christie
Change you can really believe in … A potential Republican Gubernatorial gain in 2009.
NJ Gov. Jon Corzine and former Republican Challenger U.S. Attorney Chris Christie
It is early but the Garden State might just be a sign of things to come in for the midterm elections in 2010. The 2009 governor’s race in NJ might just be a sign of the times for incumbent Democrats. Presently Democrats hold the Presidency with Barack Obama and have a majority in the US Senate, House of Representatives and State governorships. However, Democrat Jon Corzine who hopes to win a second term is trailing badly in a Rasmussen poll by 15 points to Republican challenger Christopher J. Christie 49% to 34%.
Corzine trails another potential GOP challenger, former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, 43% to 35%, while seven percent (7%) like another candidate and 15% are not sure whom they prefer. New Jersey Republicans will chose a candidate to run against Corzine in a primary on June 2.
What makes matters worse for Corzine is that the survey was taken Tuesday, the day Corzine was announcing $916 million in new and increased taxes as part of his $29.8 billion state budget for 2010.
A recent Quinnipiac Poll has Christopher Christie, the Republican challenger, leads Democratic incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine 46% – 37%. There seems to be a real anti-Corzine sentiment among the people polled as most voters do not know much about former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie. However, they do know that he is not incumbent Governor Jon Corzine and that is a plus.
Unfavorables remain high for Congressional leaders in both parties; however, Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are exceptionally bad. Will 2010 midterms be unkind to incumbents?
2010 Senate races:
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