Poll: Corzine Narrowing Race In New Jersey, As Independent Candidate Surges

September 30, 2009 5:52 a.m.

The new Quinnipiac poll in New Jersey finds that Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine has narrowed the gap against Republican former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie — and that independent candidate Chris Daggett could be playing a key spoiler role in this.

The numbers: Christie 43%, Corzine 39%, Daggett 12%, with a ±2.8% margin of error. A month ago, Christie led by 47%-37%-9%. The poll also finds that Christie favorable-unfavorable rating is now split at 38%-38%, compared to 41%-33% a month ago.

From the pollster’s analysis: “This race looks as if it will go down to the wire. Does Christopher Daggett’s impressive climb measure a swing to him or simply a distaste for the two guys hollering at each other? Will Daggett fade on Election Day? At this stage, his numbers matter.”

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