The new Quinnipiac poll of the New Jersey gubernatorial race finds that recent scandals haven’t hurt Republican former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie against Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine — indeed, Christie’s lead has actually increased slightly over the unpopular incumbent.
The numbers: Christie 47%, Corzine 37%, and independent Chris Daggett at 9%. Three weeks ago, the figure for the three-way race was 46%-40%-7%.
The pollster’s analysis finds that Corzine’s ads about Christie having given contracts to people tied to the Bush administration are not getting through — people view it as an unfair attack. The issue of Christie’s undisclosed loan to Michele Brown, his former subordinate in the U.S. Attorney’s office scores a little higher — but even here, a 49%-43% plurality view it as not being a legitimate issue.