Two new polls in New Jersey show Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine trailing GOP frontrunner Chris Christie, a former U.S. Attorney under George W. Bush, in this year's gubernatorial election.
From Strategic Vision (R): Christie 47%, Corzine 36%, with a Â±3% margin of error. Corzine's approval is at only 36%, to 54% disapproval.
And from Quinnipiac: Christie 45%, Corzine 38%, with a Â±4.6% margin of error. Corzine's approval rating here is 37%-54%. From the pollster's analysis: "By any measure, Corzine is losing the support of key independent voters. More importantly, he is not generating the level of love from fellow Democrats he needs to offset his big negatives among Republicans and independents."
Corzine could very well lose this election. On the other hand, we have not yet made it to the crucial home-stretch period in a New Jersey election -- in which the Dems attack the GOP nominee as right-wing and Bush-friendly, which in prior elections has spurred reluctant Dem-leaners to shift back into the blue column. A big question is whether that can work again this time, with Bush now out of office.